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Hawaii Military Affairs Council Hosts ASEAN Event

  • April 3, 2014
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The U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, an informal meeting of the defense ministers of 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held in Hawaii this week concluded with a luncheon Thursday hosted by the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. The luncheon was the forum’s only event hosted by a private organization and underscored the Hawaii community’s strong support for the military …

Push to Hire America’s Veterans Faces Challenging Terrain

  • April 3, 2014
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While corporations have pledged more than 1 million jobs to newly minted veterans returning from two of America’s longest wars, the population of unemployed post-9/11 veterans estimated at about 210,000 has had difficulty finding work, the Washington Post reports. Veterans face no shortage of jobs programs and career events — Hero2Hired, Hire a Hero, Hire Heroes USA, Operation Hire Our Heroes, Hire America’s Heroes and Hiring Our Heroes are just some of the initiatives under way across the country …

Key West Housing Project Exempt from Property Taxes, Florida Court Rules

  • April 3, 2014
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The Navy’s housing partner in Key West, Fla., is exempt from paying local property taxes and, as a result, does not need to pay about $11 million in back taxes, a Monroe County Circuit Court judge ruled this week. The county’s property appraiser ended the property tax exemption in 2012 on 895 units at Naval Air Station Key West and filed liens seeking back taxes, penalties and interest for the previous four years …

Appropriators Aim to Speed Progress on Spending Bills

  • April 3, 2014
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The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee advanced its draft fiscal 2015 spending measure Thursday, setting an early pace for enacting the federal government’s budget that House and Senate appropriators have pledged to maintain. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said the subcommittee markups of the milcon and legislative branch spending bills were the earliest of any appropriations bill since 1974 …

DOD Shouldn’t Attempt to Bypass BRAC, Armed Services Chair Warns

  • April 3, 2014
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Senate Democrats on Thursday forcefully warned the Defense Department against any attempt to close or realign installations outside of a BRAC round, reported the Hill. “If our Army or any of the other services proposes something in the budget which is not compliant with the BRAC process, in other words front-running the BRAC process, it will be triply difficult to get a BRAC process going,” Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Army Secretary John McHugh during his panel’s hearing on the service’s fiscal 2015 budget request …

Ft. Gordon’s Signal Center Renamed Cyber Center of Excellence

  • April 2, 2014
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Fort Gordon’s Signal Center of Excellence has become the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence following a ceremony last week that signified the increasing importance of cyber warfare. The rebranding of the Signal Center comes as the Army is consolidating its Cyber Command at the East Georgia post. That move, announced in December, will co-locate Army Cyber headquarters with the Army’s Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and a National Security Agency facility, placing the Army’s operational cyber headquarters alongside the majority of its cyber mission forces …

FY’15 Milcon Funding to Plunge under House Bill

  • April 2, 2014
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Spending on military construction and family housing would drop by one-third in fiscal 2015 to $6.6 billion, under the draft spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs released Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee. The recommendation matches the funding requested last month in the Pentagon’s budget request and reflects the administration’s decision to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness …

ADC Seeking Board Nominations

  • April 2, 2014
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ADC is seeking committed and motivated members to fill four seats on the Board of Directors for this year’s election. Individuals from member organizations who are in good standing, including both public and private sector members, are encouraged to apply. If you, or someone you know, would like to serve as an ADC leader, please respond to this call for nominations …

Burke Previews Pentagon’s New Energy Policy

  • April 2, 2014
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Comprehensive guidance for DOD’s full range of energy activities — including operational and facility energy and energy-related elements of mission assurance — will be unveiled shortly, Sharon Burke, assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs, told the Senate Armed Services Readiness And Management Support Subcommittee Wednesday. The policy document follows a request from then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to produce a “shared narrative” for defense energy programs, reports American Forces Press Service. “I believe it’s very fair to say that the basic principles already guide our activities and have for some time …

Senate Panel Reiterates Opposition to BRAC Request

  • April 2, 2014
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The top two lawmakers on Senate Armed Services’ readiness subcommittee on Wednesday pushed back against the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC in 2017, repeating past criticism about the cost of the last round while questioning DOD’s contention that is has significant excess capacity. Subcommittee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and ranking member Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both opposed the department’s request last year for a new round and their stance seems to have changed very little since then …

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