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Democrats Intend to Keep Fights over CR, Debt Ceiling Separate

  • September 15, 2013
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Senate Democrats think they can fend off an attempt by House Republicans to couple battles over avoiding a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year and extending the nation’s debt limit. Republican lawmakers in the House believe that combining the two disputes into one negotiation will maximize their leverage to extract concessions to reduce the federal deficit and, possibly, slow implementation of the Affordable Care Act …

DOD Names Five Candidates to Host Eastern Missile Defense Site

  • September 12, 2013
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The Pentagon said it would study five candidate missile defense sites in the continental United States that potentially could host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast. Thursday’s announcement comes in response to language in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to study at least three potential missile defense sites, including at least two on the East Coast …

First of Nine Intrepid Spirit Centers Opens at Ft. Belvoir

  • September 12, 2013
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Officials from the Army and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on the anniversary of 9/11 for the Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., the first of nine planned centers intended to treat service members suffering from the most severe forms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The dedication ceremony also signified the transfer of the $11 million, 25,000-square-foot center to DOD. A second satellite center will open at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in October, and a third at Fort Campbell, Ky., in mid-2014 …

Upcoming 360 Webcast: What’s Next for the Defense Budget … in 2014 and the Coming Decade?

  • September 12, 2013
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Over the next several months, lawmakers face multiple do-or-die deadlines — agreeing on a short-term measure to keep the government open after the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1 and preventing the Treasury from running out of money when the nation reaches its debt limit. But with little likelihood that lawmakers will reach a grand bargain to reverse sequestration, defense communities are facing further uncertainty about the budget and bracing for drastic reductions in civilian and military personnel, possible mission consolidations and other changes affecting installations …

Military Officials Contemplate Limits under Long-Term Budget Cuts

  • September 12, 2013
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Senior Army officials are considering worst-case budget scenarios that would require them to slash end strength below levels already agreed to and curtail training across much of the force to ensure a limited number of units are fully prepared to fight. While the Army already is slated to shrink its active-duty force by 80,000 soldiers to 490,000, some officials believe the service will need to consider cutting end strength to below 400,000 …

Next Move by House Leaders on CR Not Clear

  • September 12, 2013
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Negotiations to keep the government running beyond Sept. 30 could go down to the wire as House Republican leaders seem stuck on coming up with a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) that will appeal to party conservatives. Since Republican leaders on Wednesday pulled their proposal to fund the government through Dec. 15, it’s not clear whether they will present a new plan next week or try to bring conservatives on board to the existing one …

Amid Sequestration, Holding Steady Can Be Considered Success, Consultant Says

  • September 12, 2013
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Maintaining current missions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is a worthy aspiration amid the current fiscal climate in Washington, a consultant told the community support group for the facility also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant. There is value in keeping what you have, CBD Advisors’ Matt Kambic, a retired Army major general, told members of Task Force Lima last week, especially if other communities are less fortunate. CBD was hired by the Dayton Development Coalition to develop a federal retention strategy for Ohio’s military and NASA assets, reported the Lima News. In the 2005 BRAC round, the task force was successful in keeping the Lima plant open. DOD only trimmed its infrastructure by 3 percent in 2005, but Kambic told the group he believes cuts will more significant in the next base closure round.

Senate Action on Authorization Bill May Wait until December, Levin Says

  • September 11, 2013
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Expect a repeat of recent years when it comes to Senate consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, with debate likely being pushed back until the end of the year, according to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “It will probably end up being a lot closer to the end of the session than I’d like,” Levin told reporters Wednesday …

Survey Outlines Severity of Wounded Veterans’ Physical, Emotional Injuries

  • September 11, 2013
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The three most commonly reported injuries and health problems suffered by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan affect their mental well-being, according to a new survey of 14,000 service members injured since 9/11. Three-quarters of respondents reported experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder; 74 percent said they experienced anxiety; and 69 percent reported suffering from depression. The next most common injury reported was physical — severe back, neck or shoulder problems …

Levin Opposes Linking Syria Vote to Pentagon Exemption from Sequester

  • September 11, 2013
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Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rejected a proposal by two leading Republicans to link a vote authorizing the use of military force against Syria for an exemption from sequestration for the Pentagon. “It either makes sense — and I believe it does, to take military action to accomplish the goals of the resolution authorizing military force in Syria — it either makes sense in terms of our national security or it doesn’t …

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