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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 …

Welsh Urges Congressional Authority to Eliminate Excess Bases

  • November 5, 2013
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Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh wants Congress to authorize a new base closure round and allow the service to slash its end strength, two tools that would best help officials mitigate the impact of $500 billion in further defense cuts. “We need help in planning for the future,” Welsh the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Those two things make up 55 percent of our overall budget …

Strategic Choices Point to Reduced Need for ‘Garrison Force,’ Hagel Says

  • November 5, 2013
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Deep cuts in military end strength are one likely outcome of budget and strategic planning efforts now under way at the Pentagon, as significant changes are expected across every aspect of the department, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday during a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The overriding question Hagel broached four months ago when he introduced the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review — whether the nation will keep a heavy active-duty military with aging equipment and technology, or reduce the number of forces while retaining a focus on modernization — seemingly has been answered …

Editor’s Note

  • October 31, 2013
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South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Seeks Proposals for Joint Land Use Study

  • October 31, 2013
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The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) at the City of Lakewood is seeking proposals for professional services to assist the region with the launching of a Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington…

Grand Forks Picks Developer for Tech Park at Air Force Base

  • October 31, 2013
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Grand Forks County commissioners chose FDSL, a joint venture between FD Stonewater and Lynxs Group, to develop a tech park near Grand Forks Air Force Base…

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