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Growth in Cyber Missions at Fort Meade Spurs Construction Boom outside Gates

  • October 15, 2013
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Rapid growth at Fort Meade, located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md., has transformed its surrounding community with an influx of new employees and high-paying jobs. As the longtime home of the National Security Agency, Fort Meade is the center of electronic intelligence and cyber operations for the nation. Growth around the post was spurred by the creation of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010 and relocation of the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2011 …

Virginia Suffers Most Severely from Shutdown

  • October 15, 2013
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Virginia, with a robust military presence in Hampton Roads and a strong reliance on federal contracting, came in first in a ranking of states based on the potential impact of the partial government shutdown. The ranking took into account factors such as federal employees per capita and federal contracting dollars per capita, measures in which Virginia ranked second. The next most-affected states after Virginia are Alaska, Alabama, the District of Columbia and Maine …

Hitting Debt Ceiling Could Slow Defense Contractor Payments

  • October 15, 2013
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Congress’ failure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling could result in a variety of impacts, including a delay in payments to service members, defense contractors and veterans. “For the defense industry itself, I think it would be a more extreme version of, first the sequester and then the government shutdown,” said Shai Akabas, a senior policy analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center …

Senate Leaders Move Closer to Fiscal Deal

  • October 15, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved closer Tuesday to a deal to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling, with a final plan possibly ready to be unveiled today. The chamber’s leaders had suspended talks for much of the day after Senate Republicans embraced a relatively similar proposal under consideration in the House. Republican leaders in that chamber, however, failed to gain support from their conference and the plan fell apart …

Roosevelt Roads LRA Seeks Developers for Four Projects

  • October 14, 2013
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The Local Redevelopment Authority for the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, is seeking proposals from qualified developers and/or investors interested in purchasing or leasing and developing four projects for tourism, recreation, education and light industry over 550 acres of developable land. The property, located on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, is a prime location with high economic, ecological and cultural value, and close proximity to El Yunque National Forest. A pre-submittal mandatory group meeting will be held Nov. 5. Responses to the RFP, #2013-01, are due Dec. 20. To download the RFP packet and bidder registration form, visit the LRA’s website.

DOD Unveils Online Curriculum for Transition Assistance Program

  • October 14, 2013
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The Defense Department has introduced an online version of the curriculum for Transition GPS, the redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) intended for separating service members. “We recognize that many of our service members don’t have access to brick and mortar classrooms for transition instruction,” said Susan Kelly, director of the Transition to Veterans Program …

Frelinghuysen in Line to Replace Young on Defense Panel

  • October 14, 2013
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New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) appears to be the most likely successor to Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R) as head of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee after the 22-term Florida congressman retires at the end of 2014. Young is the last of a number of long-serving defense appropriators who have left Congress either through retirement or death, including Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), and Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash) …

Guard’s Military Technicians Earned Reprieve from Shutdown Furloughs

  • October 14, 2013
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Nearly all of the 40,000 dual-status military technicians employed by the National Guard returned to work last week after initially being furloughed, but the Guard and Reserves still are affected by the partial government shutdown. Monthly drills, unless they are needed to prepare for an overseas deployment, and the paychecks they earn have been cancelled, affecting nearly 400,000 Guard members, said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, vice chief of the National Guard Bureau …

Momentum Builds toward Budget Deal in Senate

  • October 14, 2013
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Senate leaders expressed optimism Monday that a deal to reopen the government and extend the nation’s debt ceiling could be reached in the coming days, a quick change of events from the tone just one day earlier. Under the compromise plan leaders outlined, the Senate would pass a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open through Jan. 15 and legislation to extend the debt ceiling to early or mid-February. While Senate leaders indicated the framework for a bipartisan agreement had been worked out, many details remained in doubt …

Rantoul Nears Final Agreement over Transfer of Former Chanute AFB

  • October 11, 2013
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The Air Force has sent the village of Rantoul, Ill., an economic development conveyance (EDC) for the former Chanute Air Force Base, bringing a property transfer closer to its final step. The conveyance, coming 20 years after the installation was closed, would help the village redevelop the base by providing greater flexibility to generate revenue through leasing and property sales. “It’s good to finally get these documents,” Mayor Chuck Smith told the News-Gazette. “It goes to the reduction of the footprint of the Air Force and the EDC process of property transfer itself, demolition of the steam plant and demolition of White Hall,” added Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl.

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