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Exercise Allows Think Tanks to Prepare Alternative Defense Budgets

  • February 5, 2014
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Four Washington think tanks offered their own takes on the Pentagon’s new long-term budget during an event Wednesday hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). All four groups — CSBA, along with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the American Enterprise Institute — were forced to trim personnel and weapons systems under a budget scenario that followed the sequester caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act. All four focused significant cuts in end strength on the Army …

Personnel Cuts, Aircraft Retirements likely to Highlight Air Force Budget

  • February 5, 2014
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Major cuts in personnel and the wholesale retirement of several airframes are expected to highlight the Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released next month. “I see a trend, which I think the [Strategic Choices and Management Review] highlighted, toward sustaining a smaller force in the near term in order to resource needed modernization programs,” said Mark Gunzinger, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments …

FY’15 Budget Detail to Come One Week after Initial Release, Report Says

  • February 5, 2014
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Much of the detail associated with the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request will come out one week after the proposal’s scheduled release on March 4, according to congressional sources. Budgetary top lines will come out on March 4, but further detail, including the appendix and budget justifications, will not be released until March 11, reported CQ. The appendix contains details on individual programs and accounts. The Office of Management and Budget has not commented on reports that it would release the budget in separate installments, according to the story. Last month, OMB said it would submit the FY 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4, a one-month delay from the statutory deadline caused by lawmakers’ failure to complete work on the FY 2014 budget before January.

Labor Department Grants Support Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

  • February 4, 2014
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Two Labor Department grants totaling $900,000 will be used by the recipients, Advocates for Human Potential in Sudbury, Mass., and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., to ease homeless veterans’ transition to civilian life. The $450,000 grants, awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, will help improve the group’s ability to deliver services to homeless veterans, including female veterans and homeless veterans with families …

BRAC Spurred Wichita Falls to Diversify Its Economy

  • February 4, 2014
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Evidence of Wichita Falls’ effort to diversify its economy in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round can be seen throughout the city, with a number of projects focused on beautifying its downtown and enhancing its infrastructure. After Sheppard Air Force Base lost a key mission in the last base closure round, including 400 instructors and 7,000 students annually, the city crafted a plan for expanding its economic base by 2020 …

Legislation Calls for Commission to Study Army Force Structure

  • February 4, 2014
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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has introduced a bill that would form a commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components. The commission, which would be similar to the one that just released a report recommending changes to the Air Force, would help address the growing dispute between the active-duty Army, and the National Guard and Reserve …

Obama to Nominate Former Navy Official as DOD Deputy, Report Says

  • February 4, 2014
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Robert Work, who served as Navy undersecretary from 2009 through 2013, will be nominated as deputy secretary of defense as early as Thursday by President Obama, reported RealClearDefense. Work would replace Ashton Carter who resigned late last year. In the interim, Christine Fox has been filling in as deputy secretary. Work now is CEO of think-tank Center for a New American Security. He served 27 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel …

Local Officials Oppose Panel’s Recommendation to Eliminate Air Force Reserve Command

  • February 4, 2014
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Despite calling for a greater emphasis on the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s final report recommends the service disestablish Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), a proposal criticized by lawmakers and leaders in Middle Georgia, where the command is headquartered at Robins Air Force Base. “When we want to rely even more heavily on our reserve forces in the future, why would you eliminate the structure that has helped us get to where we are today?” asked Robert McMahon, president and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, the community-based group that promotes Robins …

Veterans Need Only Pay In-State Tuition Rates under House Bill

  • February 4, 2014
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Veterans taking advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits would be charged in-state tuition rates at any public university, regardless of their state of residence, under legislation approved by the House on Monday. H.R. 357, which would go into effect on July 1, 2016, is intended to help veterans attend the public school of their choice …

New Power Supply Promotes Mission Sustainability at Twentynine Palms

  • February 4, 2014
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Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in the Mojave Desert recently was hooked up to a new power substation that is fed from separate transmission lines, a redundancy in connections intended to improve the reliability of the installation’s energy supply while advancing its mission sustainability. “A tremendous milestone has been met,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Stewart, the base’s public works officer …

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