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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

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 …

White House Highlights Shortcomings of Authorization Bill

  • November 18, 2013
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The White House on Monday said it would not veto the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, but listed a number of provisions, including language precluding a new BRAC round, it has “serious concerns” with. The “Statement of Administration Policy” from the Office of Management and Budget said the administration “strongly objects” to language in S. 1197 requiring a formal review of the military’s overseas infrastructure before Congress would authorize a future base closure round …

Senators Craft Plan to Soften Impact of Defense Cuts

  • November 18, 2013
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Three senior GOP senators are working on an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would smooth out the $52 billion cut the Pentagon’s current year budget is scheduled to absorb under sequestration. The amendment, which would be introduced by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is expected to call for the defense budget to take only a $26 billion hit in FY 2014, with the rest of this year’s sequester applied over the next seven fiscal years, reported CQ. If successful, the amendment would allow DOD to avoid a deep trough in its budget this year but, at the same time, limit the growth of spending to only 1 percent annually through FY 2021 …

Air Shows to Resume This Year, but Many Other Outreach Events Will Not

  • November 18, 2013
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Air shows featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds are returning in the current fiscal year, but the military will not be participating in more than 1,000 other community events compared to FY 2012. The Pentagon opted to restore $129 million in FY 2014 for community activities such as air shows, Navy port visits and performances by military bands, but the reduced funding level compared to two years ago means the services can attend only 1,000 to 1,500 events, down from 2,800 in FY 2012 …

N.Y. Group Seeks Consultants for Economic Impact, SWOT Analysis at Watervliet Arsenal

  • November 17, 2013
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In response to the New York State military base retention efforts, the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership (ABTP) is seeking proposals from qualified firms or individuals to provide an economic impact analysis and SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats) analysis of the Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, N.Y. …

Michigan Legislation Eases Way for Veterans to Turn Military Skills into Civilian Jobs

  • November 17, 2013
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) last week signed a series of bills aimed at streamlining the process for veterans to gain professional licenses in the same fields they pursued in the military. The five bills Snyder signed cover veterans attempting to transfer their military experience into a variety of occupations, including emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, stationary steam engineers and boilers operators, mechanical contractors and residential builders …

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