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Democratic Losses Will Revamp Armed Services Panel in Senate

  • November 5, 2014
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Two Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee lost their re-election bids on Tuesday, but with the Republican Party gaining a majority of the chamber, the panel’s most significant change will be at the top. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is widely expected to take the committee gavel in the 114th Congress and with current chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) retiring, Jack Reed (D-R.I.) is in line to become the ranking member. Reed may opt to take the top Democratic spot on the Banking Committee instead …

Mock Aircraft Crash Helps Ohio Reserve Facility Team up with Red Cross

  • November 5, 2014
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A disaster response training event held last month at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, highlighted the partnership between the installation and the Red Cross. The 910th Airlift Wing and American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley teamed up to conduct a mock aircraft crash near the end of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport’s runway. The 910th Civil Engineer Fire Department responded to the aircraft fire while the American Red Cross acted as secondary responders to provide care to simulated survivors …

Army Survey Asks Whether Installations Provide Proper Services

  • November 5, 2014
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A survey of soldiers needs conducted by the Army and the RAND Corporation at 45 posts could lead to new partnerships between installations and their host communities to provide services to personnel that now are going unfulfilled. “Today’s Soldier Survey” is intended to help the department’s leaders evaluate which benefits are valued most by soldiers and family members. The assessment will help identify problems soldiers and their families have experienced over the past year, reported the Army News Service. Army leadership will use the results to determine how the department can best address the most pressing unmet needs, whether through Army-provided services or community and non-federal entity partnerships …

Army Celebrates Deal to Meet Ft. Drum’s Energy Needs through Biomass Plant

  • November 5, 2014
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New York’s two senators, the Army’s top installations official, and state and local representatives gathered last week at Fort Drum for a signing ceremony commemorating an agreement that will allow the post to obtain 100 percent of its energy requirements from an on-site biomass generation facility. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will operate the biomass facility, which has a 60-megawatt system capacity, more than double the installation’s peak load of 28 megawatts. The plant will provide electricity to the utility grid. The project is a joint effort between the Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Hagel Can Work with McCain, Pentagon Spokesman Says

  • November 4, 2014
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With Republicans poised to wrest control of the Senate, the Pentagon press secretary on Tuesday said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has a strong relationship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is widely expected to take the gavel of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wins a majority of the chamber. “The secretary has a good relationship with many members of Congress, and I believe that he believes that relationship with Sen. McCain is also strong and productive, and it has been,” Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. “And it has to be, given Sen. McCain’s position on the Senate Armed Services Committee …

Republican Control of Congress May Not Result in Raising Spending Caps

  • November 4, 2014
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Despite traditional support from the Republican Party for national defense, the GOP’s predicted capture of the Senate may not result in congressional action to lift the Budget Control Act spending caps on defense starting in fiscal 2016. While Republican appropriators and defense hawks, along with many Democrats, have urged repealing the 2011 law, a deficit reduction deal that satisfies both conservatives and President Obama is unlikely, reports CQ Roll Call. The White House would continue to insist on a deal that relaxes the caps on all discretionary spending, while Republicans would demand concessions to reform entitlement programs …

Berteau Nominated to DOD Logistics Post

  • November 4, 2014
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President Obama intends to nominate David Berteau, a frequent speaker at ADC events, to be assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, the White House announced over the weekend. He would replace acting director Paul Peters, reported Defense News. Berteau currently is senior vice president and director of the National Security Program on Industry and Resources at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a position he has held since 2013 …

Connecticut Town Needs Consultant to Prepare JLUS for National Guard Facility

  • November 4, 2014
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The town of East Lyme, Conn., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Stones Ranch Military Reservation, including Camp Niantic, and surrounding communities. The effort is funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment which provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of a military installation. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations …

Republican Leaders Favor Omnibus to Wrap up Spending Bills

  • November 2, 2014
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GOP congressional leaders have indicated they would like to pass a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill during the lame duck session so that the 114th Congress can start the year with a clean slate. Party leaders are particularly focused on the likelihood that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will become majority leader in January. “We need to do an omnibus bill funding the entire government for the rest of the year, and get that whole business behind us, so that come January, [McConnell] will have a clean slate rather than looking backwards to old fights [so] we could look forward to making positive changes,” said House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) …

Maryland Wind Project Would Interfere with Pax River Mission, DOD Says

  • November 2, 2014
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The Pentagon last week formally objected to a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore over the potential for the project to interfere with a stealth radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The Great Bay Wind project, located across the Chesapeake Bay from the air station, would present “an unacceptable risk” to national security “because it would significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation, and operations, or to maintain military readiness,” according to a letter Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work sent Thursday to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. DOD’s objection represents the latest hurdle for the 25-turbine project …

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