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Ryan, Murray Continue Budget Talks

  • December 5, 2013
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House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) plan to continue talks over the weekend in hopes of forging a budget agreement in time for House lawmakers to vote on it next week. The lead negotiators of the House-Senate budget conference would need to reach a compromise by Dec. 10 so that the House could take it up before adjourning for the year on Dec. 13. The two budget chairs are trying to set topline spending levels for fiscal 2014 and 2015 …

Closer Community-Military Ties Can Help Reduce Infrastructure Costs, Forum Concludes

  • December 5, 2013
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With increasing pressure to slash spending, and the prospect of a new base closure round uncertain, the military needs to find new ways to shave its installation expenditures. At the ADC Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC, held Nov. 12, key thought leaders from DOD, Congress, communities and the private sector proposed a variety of ideas for reducing the department’s excess infrastructure and facility costs, including reinventing the BRAC process, increasing reliance on communities to provide on-base services, redefining the installation of the future and partnering more closely with host communities to support economic development …

Partnerships Help New Jersey Employers Connect with Veterans

  • December 4, 2013
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New Jersey employers are trying new initiatives to recruit and train veterans in the latest sign that corporate America is striving to cut the jobless rate for veterans. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey earlier this year launched a program to train and hire veterans in cooperation with Rutgers University-Newark and the nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services. About a dozen veterans in the 39-week program participate in an internship program at Horizon during the day, and then take classes in business and software development in the evening …

Air Force Selects Utah, Vermont Bases to Host F-35 Units

  • December 4, 2013
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The Air Force selected Hill AFB, Utah, as its first operational base for the F-35A fighter jet, with Burlington International Airport, Vt., named as the first Air National Guard location for the fifth-generation aircraft. Tuesday’s announcement was not a surprise as officials had designated the two facilities as the service’s preferred alternatives previously. Hill will receive 72 F-35As starting in 2015 …

More Difficult Decisions Still Remain, Hagel Says

  • December 4, 2013
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Defense officials still face a number of challenging budget decisions on force structure, compensation and acquisition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday after unveiling a series of organizational reforms intended to streamline DOD headquarters. “These reductions are only a first step in DOD’s efforts to realign defense spending to meet new fiscal realities and strategic priorities,” Hagel told reporters …

Negotiators Near Compromise over FY’14 Spending

  • December 4, 2013
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The lead negotiators of the House-Senate budget conference are close to an agreement that would raise topline spending for fiscal 2014 and possibly wipe out much of the increase in automatic spending cuts the Pentagon’s budget is scheduled to absorb this year due to sequestration. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are trying to strike a final deal in time for lawmakers to take it up next week. If they are successful, the House could vote on the plan next Wednesday …

Pentagon Austerity Measures to Eliminate Top Installations Post

  • December 4, 2013
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The deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment will be merged with the assistant secretary for operational energy plans and programs, as part of an array of personnel and funding reductions Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday to streamline the department’s overhead. The decision to eliminate DOD’s top installations post came amid a series of organizational changes to the office of secretary of defense (OSD) unveiled by Hagel at a Pentagon press briefing …

Winning Developer Refines Master Plan for Connecticut Engine Plant

  • December 3, 2013
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The development team about to purchase the former Stratford Army Engine Plant continues to update its master plan for the site, as it prepares to close the sale of the 77-acre property located at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Connecticut. An executive with Sedgwick Partners, one of the three companies that make up the Point Stratford Renewal LLC partnership, told the Stratford Star the team is beginning to talk with potential businesses interested in the property, including restaurants, hotels, retailers, professional services firms, multifamily housing builders and educational institutions …

Installations Need to Consider Consequences of Climate Change

  • December 3, 2013
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Climate change is expected to affect military missions in multiple ways as it influences DOD’s operating environment, shapes geopolitical dynamics across the globe, and accelerates instability or conflict. It also will force the Pentagon to plan for significant impacts to its installations from rising sea levels, storm surges and storm intensity, as well as drought and thawing permafrost. “There’s a lot of stuff out there that is all going to be impacted by changes in the climate,” said John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment …

Former DOD Official Named as Interim Replacement for Carter

  • December 3, 2013
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Christine Fox, who had served as the Pentagon’s director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation until June, will become the department’s second-in-command starting Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday. Fox replaces Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who is scheduled to step down today. Fox’s appointment by President Obama to serve as acting deputy secretary will make her the highest-ranking woman ever in DOD …

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