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Budget Caps Threaten Activity at Fort Hood, Support Group Official Says

  • March 8, 2015
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If Congress fails to provide the Pentagon relief from the Budget Control Act spending caps, Fort Hood will experience “death by a thousand cuts,” the head of the post’s local support group told the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. last week. “Fort Hood is an enduring, capable installation,” said Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance. “The question is, at what level? …

New Group Intends to Serve as Forum for Existing Veterans Providers

  • March 8, 2015
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A new membership organization intended to serve as a resource for existing veterans groups through information-sharing and increased collaboration formally launched last month. According to the executive director of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations, Chris Ford, the group will serve four primary missions — connecting many of the nation’s 40,000-plus veterans groups, promoting collaboration, enhancing coordination among service providers to eliminate overlap and maximizing the collective impact of the organizations. NAVSO will “have a unique perch to look across the entire country” at who is succeeding and who is failing on different fronts, Ford told the Chronicle of Philanthropy …

OEA Providing Assistance to Communities Coping with Defense Industry Cutbacks

  • March 8, 2015
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Communities responding to the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in DOD spending that results in a significant economic impact can apply to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for planning assistance to carry out community adjustment and economic diversification activities, according to an announcement scheduled to be published Monday in the Federal Register. To be eligible, state or local governments, or regional entities need to have experienced one of the following circumstances: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the cancellation or termination of a DOD contract; or the failure to proceed with an approved major weapons system program …

Army Can’t Keep up with Failing Facilities

  • March 6, 2015
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Army facilities deteriorated significantly following the first two years of mandatory budget caps, fiscal 2013 and 2014, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy, and environment, told lawmakers this week. Currently, 7 percent of the service’s facilities are failing — including ones housing operating units — and 24 percent are in poor condition, Hammack told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Tuesday. “The challenge is that facilities are failing at a rate faster than we’re being funded …

Strong Push by Defense Hawks Could Force Compromise over Raising Budget Caps

  • March 6, 2015
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The lack of a consensus within the Republican Party over whether to stick with or adjust the statutory spending caps is placing heightened attention on the fiscal 2016 budget resolution each chamber is required to draft. With markups of the resolutions by the House and Senate Budget committees only two weeks away, battle lines between defense hawks and fiscal hawks in the party are becoming increasingly clear. Defense hawks are insisting the Obama administration’s $534 billion base DOD budget proposal for FY 2016 is not high enough — even though it exceeds the Budget Control Act cap by $35 billion — while fiscal conservatives favor sticking with the spending limits as the best way to trim the deficit. Several defense experts interviewed by Politico underscored the heightened support among Republicans for raising the defense cap, but said at this point it’s still too soon to say how congressional leaders will settle on topline spending levels …

Air Force Launches Environmental Review for Basing F-35 Squadrons at Eielson AFB

  • March 6, 2015
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Alaska’s congressional delegation applauded Thursday’s announcement by the Air Force that it would begin preparing an environmental impact statement for its plan to base two F-35A squadrons totaling 48 aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base. The Federal Register notice is a “giant leap towards bringing the F-35 to the most strategic place in the world — and with Russia militarizing the Arctic, these F-35s can’t arrive soon enough,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R). “Over the last few weeks, I have spoken with several senior Air Force leaders, including the chief of staff of the Air Force General Welsh, and they all have assured me that Alaska is home to the nation’s largest training ranges, the best airspace and some of the very best airmen in the Air Force …

Fiscal Constraints are Degrading Navy Readiness, Greenert Testifies

  • March 6, 2015
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The Navy’s readiness and capabilities have suffered after three consecutive years of budget constraints, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, told lawmakers Wednesday. “Navy readiness is at its lowest point in many years,” Greenert told the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “The budget reductions have forced us to cut afloat and ashore operations, it has generated a ship and aircraft maintenance backlog, and it has compelled us to extend unit deployments …

Lawmakers Approve $2.4M to Buffer Langley AFB, Fentress Landing Field

  • March 6, 2015
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Virginia lawmakers last week approved $2.4 million in amendments to the state budget to protect two military airfields in Hampton Roads — Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake — from urban encroachment. With stringent spending caps being imposed on DOD and the prospect of a new base closure round, efforts to support the missions of local installations are critical, reported the Virginian-Pilot. “The big thing is we want to keep Langley here, just as Virginia Beach wants to keep Oceana,” said Del. Gordon Helsel …

President Nominates Conger to Number Two Position in Comptroller’s Office

  • March 4, 2015
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John Conger — who currently is the Pentagon’s acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment — was nominated Wednesday by President Obama to be the principal deputy to the department’s comptroller. Conger obtained his current title in December after DOD merged its installations and operational energy organizations to comply with the newly enacted fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. Previously Conger had been acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, a title he assumed in September 2012 after Dorothy Robyn vacated the top installations slot. He joined DOD in 2009 as the assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment. Conger will need to be confirmed as principal deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller) by the Senate before taking the new post.

Appropriations Panel Tells Carter to Live within the Spending Cap

  • March 4, 2015
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Forcing the Defense Department to live within the statutory budget caps would be detrimental to the nation’s security, new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, but the panel delivered the sobering message that the spending limits very likely are here to stay. “I completely agree that the BCA [Budget Control Act] needs to be modified to avoid dramatic, immediate and long-term negative impacts on our military capabilities,” said Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen. “But unless and until the law is changed, this committee has no choice but to draft our bill to comply with the BCA caps …

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