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Pentagon to Force Issue over Shrinking Funding Levels in FY’15 Budget Request

  • November 20, 2013
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In its first spending plan acknowledging the long-term spending constraints imposed under sequestration, the Pentagon is expected to call for cuts in an array of benefits for military personnel as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, including education, healthcare and housing. The spending proposal would offer a multi-year plan to trim benefit levels …

Debate over Defense Bill Bogs Down, Jeopardizing Prospect of Conference Agreement

  • November 20, 2013
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Debate over the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill in the Senate stalled Wednesday as the two parties failed to reach an agreement on how many amendments would receive floor votes, raising the likelihood that the chamber will have to finish debate on the legislation when it returns to Washington following its scheduled two-week Thanksgiving recess. The dispute prevented Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from holding votes on two amendments dealing with sexual assault after lawmakers spent hours debating the issue …

DOD Funding to Run out for Housing Referral Service

  • November 19, 2013
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Funding for an online service that helps service members find available rental housing when they move to a new assignment is scheduled to run out at the end of December, but the service provider is looking for an alternate source of funding to continue the program. A spokesman for Navy Installations Command said the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are allowing the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to end when their contract with Runzheimer International runs out next month …

Fort Monmouth LRA to Consider Changes to Reuse Plan as Needed

  • November 19, 2013
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If proposals from developers to purchase or lease property at the former Fort Monmouth, N.J., conflict with the post’s reuse plan, the LRA will revise it on a building-by-building basis rather than by overhauling the entire plan. Officials from the redevelopment authority and representatives from Cushman & Wakefield told the Asbury Park Press that it does not make sense to redo the entire plan as that would require approval from the towns of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls, the state of New Jersey and the Army …

Navy Ends Search for Outlying Landing Field to Support NAS Oceana

  • November 19, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday said it has cancelled an environmental study of alternate practice landing sites that could be used by pilots at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., saying it needs to wait until the service selects an East Coast site to host the F-35, the military’s next generation fighter aircraft. Officials initially suspended study of three sites in Virginia and two in North Carolina in 2011 in favor of waiting for a decision on basing the F-35. But with that decision not expected until 2017 at the earliest, any work on the environmental impact statement conducted now would be out of date by that time …

Little Opportunity for Budget Conference to Reach Deal

  • November 19, 2013
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The House-Senate budget conference may not meet again until less than a week is left before its Dec. 13 deadline to come to agreement over a fiscal 2014 budget. That lack of public activity, along with reports of the slow pace of private talks between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is chairing the committee, and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), have dampened hopes the panel will strike a deal over a topline spending figure and replace at least some of the scheduled sequester cuts …

Plan to Soften Sequester’s Impact Encounters Resistance from Fellow Republicans

  • November 19, 2013
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A plan promoted by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to lessen the impact sequestration is set to impose on the fiscal 2014 defense budget may not gain sufficient support from other Republicans or Democrats in the Senate. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she would not support the amendment because it relies on cuts in defense spending in future years to offset the smaller sequester rather than reductions to entitlement programs …

Fiscal Challenges Facing Military Are Cumulative, Hagel Says

  • November 18, 2013
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The challenges facing the military, including sequestration, aging equipment and a force under stress from more than a decade of deployments, are cumulative and will become more apparent over time, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday. “But the effects [of curtailed training] will be felt for a long period of time to come …

Private Sector Easily Surpasses Joining Forces’ Hiring Goal

  • November 18, 2013
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Employers have trained or hired 380,000 veterans and military spouses through the Joining Forces initiative in less than three years, exceeding by almost four times the program’s initial hiring goal. First Lady Michelle Obama noted the milestone last week before representatives from 350 local and national companies at Walk Disney World as part of a forum designed to encourage companies to hire and train separating service members. She took the opportunity to urge employers to redouble their efforts to recruit veterans …

MIT Study to Assess Potential for Power Line, White Sands Missile Range to Coexist

  • November 18, 2013
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The Pentagon will commission a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory to determine whether testing activities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., could be adjusted to minimize interference from a proposed 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) said Friday. Heinrich requested the study in response to concerns expressed by senior officials from WSMR and DOD over the impact of the $1.2 billion SunZia project linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona …

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