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Calif. County Considers New Office to Address BRAC Fears

  • March 18, 2014
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With the possibility of a new BRAC round, two supervisors in Southern California’s Riverside County are taking the initiative to protect their two remaining military bases from closure. Their solution: the creation of an Office of Military and Defense Services (OMDS) to be part of the county’s Economic Development Agency. The office would also promote more federal contracting opportunities for local businesses…

Army Seeks Balanced Force through National Guard Cuts

  • March 18, 2014
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The Army’s plan to reduce the size of the National Guard by 15,000 service members has raised alarm among the governors and National Guard state commanders of all 50 states, and has spurred Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) to introduce legislation that would prevent cuts to the National Guard prior to 2016…

Maine Shipyard Provides Economic Boost for Three States

  • March 18, 2014
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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, located in Kittery, Maine, generated a $623 million economic impact for the region’s economy last year, according to a study released earlier this month by the Seacoast Shipyard Association. The total impact of the shipyard, located in Southern Maine just across the New Hampshire border, is down somewhat from 2012, when it accounted for $662 million in economic activity. In 2013, the shipyard’s 5,474 civilian employees earned $414 million, while the facility’s military payroll was $42 million …

Massachusetts’s $170 Million Military Bond Bill Signed into Law

  • March 18, 2014
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Massachusetts raised the stakes on how a state can support its military installations and defense sector with Governor Deval Patrick’s approval of what may be the largest state commitment of its kind. The “Act Encouraging the Improvement, Expansion and Development of Military Installations in the Commonwealth” authorizes funding for infrastructure projects in partnership with Massachusetts military installations and the Massachusetts National Guard.

House Republicans Propose Cutting 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

  • March 18, 2014
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A proposal by House Republicans would cut 115,000 civilian jobs from the Department of Defense over the next six years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut 15 percent of the DoD’s civilian workforce, saving $82.5 billion over the first five years of cuts, the bill’s sponsors argue, the Federal Times reported…

Defense Community Awards Season Is Here

  • March 17, 2014
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“The Defense Communities Awards program is a tremendous way for communities to recognize the achievements of communities and the leaders who support them,” said Tim Ford, CEO of ADC. “Every day, communities and their leaders inside and outside the gate do outstanding work to support their installation or community project. This is your opportunity to share…

Experts Warn that Colorado Is Behind in Protecting Installations

  • March 17, 2014
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As the DoD plans $900 billion in budget cuts over the next 10 years, local military support and business advocacy groups in Colorado warn that Colorado lags behind other states in protecting the state’s military missions.“If Colorado, or any other state for that matter, is going to be successful in defending its installations and mission, they need to have a…

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Cuts to Commissaries

  • March 17, 2014
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Several U.S. senators have introduced new legislation to preserve funding for military commissaries, freezing the DOD’s FY 2015 budget proposal to cut funding to the government- subsided grocery stores. The “Military Commissary Sustainment Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D)…

Difficult Choices Shape Air Force’s Facilities Budget

  • March 17, 2014
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The Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request accepts risks in installation support, military construction and facilities sustainment for the short term as part of a strategic decision made in the face of fiscal constraints. “The Air Force attempted to strike the delicate balance of a ready force today and a modern force tomorrow, while also recovering from the impacts of sequestration and adjusting to budget reductions,” said Kathleen Ferguson …

Special Court Provides Boston Veterans New Avenue for Treatment

  • March 16, 2014
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Boston’s new Veterans Treatment Court, launched in January, is helping former service members stay out of jail and receive treatment for substance abuse and emotional problems. Three veterans currently take part in the program and 12 are in the pipeline, reported the Boston Globe. Participants receive treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues, emotional disabilities, and academic and vocational training. The court relies on specially trained judges, clinicians, probation officers and attorneys …

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