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Frustration over Impact of Defense Cuts Sets in for Senate Panel

  • November 7, 2013
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The latest hearing on the impact of sequestration featuring the military’s top officers left Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee discouraged that their colleagues have failed to avert the deep spending cuts and, in many cases, embarrassed. “I feel ashamed to have you come back here again and again and again to tell us the same thing, and not see us doing anything about it,” Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Thursday …

‘Jobs Mission’ Upgraded to 200,000 Veterans Positions

  • November 6, 2013
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Officials behind the 100,000 Jobs Mission, one of several initiatives intended to boost hiring of recently separated service members, are doubling their hiring goal to 200,000 jobs after finding employment for about 93,000 veterans over the past two years. “A lot of our companies are getting good at this,” said Maureen Casey, director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase, one of the campaign’s founding members. “The need is there, and the challenge now is to connect our veterans and companies sooner and get them both the right opportunities,” said Casey …

Transit Access Bolsters Redevelopment at Concord

  • November 6, 2013
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Redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station is moving faster than legacy BRAC reuse projects in the San Francisco Bay area, including Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Station Alameda, Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. “There is a potential that we will be able to accelerate our development faster than some of the other bases,” said Michael Wright, executive director of the Concord Reuse Authority …

Climate Change Jeopardizes Norfolk Naval Station, Study Concludes

  • November 6, 2013
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The impacts of global climate change, including an increase in the severity of storms and a rise in sea level, will threaten Naval Station Norfolk, Va., by the second half of the century, according to a comprehensive, three-year-long study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The study looked at the impacts of five types of storms on the installation based on varying increases in sea level up to six feet …

Senate to Take up Defense Policy Bill in November, Inhofe Says

  • November 6, 2013
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The Senate will debate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill the week of Nov. 18, according to the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. “We’ve been talking about it. There’s been some talk about the 18th is when it would start,” James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Defense News this week on his first full day back on Capitol Hill after undergoing a heart procedure in Oklahoma last month. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), however, said he couldn’t confirm when the annual policy bill will go to the chamber floor …

Republican Senators Look to Provide DOD Flexibility to Manage Automatic Cuts

  • November 6, 2013
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Despite the GOP’s embrace of sequestration, a number of Republican senators want to provide the Pentagon flexibility to allocate the deep spending cuts if the House-Senate budget conference fails to reach a deal to replace them. The group includes lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee as well as some who are not. “There is going to be an effort to give the Pentagon some discretion,” Pat Roberts (Kan.) told Stars and Stripes. “It’s not so much the amount [of the cuts], but the discretion …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Adds New Partners

  • November 6, 2013
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Sixty new companies joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) in a Pentagon ceremony Tuesday, demonstrating corporate America’s commitment to military families. “Thanks to MSEP’s efforts, these companies now understand and are hiring from the most savvy, caring, dependable, well-educated group of people you can — a military spouse,” said Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh said “the game has changed” in recent years in terms of credentialing, training and promotion opportunities for spouses, reported American Forces Press Service. “Behind every great airman, soldier, sailor, Marine and Coast Guardsman is a spouse and a family that serves too, and they bring value to our workplace and to our nation,” she said.

Mississippi County Needs Firm to Help Implement JLUS Recommendations for Columbus AFB

  • November 5, 2013
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Lowndes County, Miss., lead agency for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) implementation for Columbus Air Force Base and the study area, will receive proposals for consulting services to assist in the preparation of a JLUS implementation until Nov. 29 at 4:00 p.m. local time at the Lowndes County Administration Office. Copies of the proposal specifications can be obtained at the Golden Triangle Development website or by telephone at 662/242-0349. The entities involved in the study reserve the right to accept or reject any or all proposals in the best interest of the participants. For additional questions, contact Mary Cates Williams at mwilliams@gtrlink.org or 662/242-0349.

At Groundbreaking, City Looks to Transform Oakland Army Base

  • November 5, 2013
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The city of Oakland formally broke ground last week on a $500 billion project to turn the former Oakland Army Base into a logistics and warehousing hub, a major stride toward replacing many of the jobs lost following the installation’s 1999 closure. The Global Trade and Logistics Center, located adjacent to San Francisco Bay, will add 1 million square feet of new warehouse space for the Port of Oakland in an effort to increase its competitiveness. The space will reduce the need to transport goods from the port to storage facilities across the city, as well as cut down on truck emissions …

D.C. Taps Hines-led Partnership to Oversee Walter Reed Reuse

  • November 5, 2013
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District of Columbia officials have tapped a team led by Houston-bases Hines International to convert the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center into a mixed-use campus featuring a town center. The Parks at Walter Reed plan proposed by Hines, along with Urban Atlantic and Triden Development, calls for 2,097 residential units, a mix of townhomes, duplexes and apartments, 250,000 square feet of retail and 20 acres of open space …

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