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50 Governors Sign Letter Protesting Planned Cuts to Army National Guard

  • March 2, 2014
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The nation’s 50 governors on Friday sent a letter to President Obama opposing planned cuts to the Army National Guard included in the Army’s soon-to-be-released fiscal 2015 budget request. “We respectfully request that you reconsider proposed cuts to the Army National Guard and changes to the Guard’s combat aviation capabilities and that you work with us to fashion solutions that provide a scalable, cost-effective force that best serves the interests of our nation …

Sequestration Is Here to Stay, HASC Minority Leader Says

  • March 2, 2014
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Automatic spending cuts slated to be imposed on the defense budget through fiscal 2021 most likely will remain in place, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said in an interview aired Sunday. “If you had to bet, you’d bet that sequestration is going to stick around,” Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, told “Defense News with Vago Muradian.” The congressman’s remarks, which echo comments made by Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), come as many lawmakers last week decried the cuts in force structure and military benefits included in the Pentagon’s latest five-year spending plan …

New Cyber Headquarters Could Insulate Ft. Gordon from Downsizing

  • February 28, 2014
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Augusta officials believe the addition of thousands of cyber and intelligence jobs at Fort Gordon stemming from the Army’s recent decision to consolidate its Cyber Command headquarters at the East Georgia post should offset cuts resulting from the Pentagon’s plan to shrink the Army to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers. “Fort Gordon could potentially lose some noncyber-related missions through operational realignments, but the overall growth is still projected to be over 3,000 [jobs],” Thom Tuckey, executive director of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, told the Augusta Chronicle. In December, the Army said the new Cyber Command headquarters would add 1,500 military, civilian and contractor jobs at Fort Gordon. Other changes include turning the post’s Signal Center of Excellence into a Cyber Center of Excellence, and an expansion in Army, Navy and Air Force intelligence operations located there.

Kansas Bill Defining Airport Hazards Garners Opposition from Military

  • February 27, 2014
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A measure introduced in the Kansas House limiting the definition of what is considered an airport hazard could jeopardize military activities throughout the state. House Bill 2652 restricts the definition of an airport hazard to physical structures only, a change which could permit land uses near airports that interfere with flight operations, reports the Lawrence Journal-World. Uses that attract birds and other wildlife, for example, threaten air safety. John Armbrust, executive director of the Kansas Governor’s Military Council, said the legislation “puts nearly all of our state’s military activities at risk.” Armbrust is the past president of ADC. The Army and Air Force have said the legislation would threaten training and deployment activities by allowing development to encroach on airfields, according to the story.

New Roads Help Ft. Belvoir Open up to Neighbors

  • February 27, 2014
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For many Northern Virginia residents, the primary impact of the skyrocketing growth at Fort Belvoir and several satellite sites since the 2005 round of base closures has been increased traffic congestion in the eastern portion of Fairfax County. With the June opening of a new road that will allow commuters to cut through the main post and the widening of another highway that traverses the installation slated to begin shortly, traffic woes suffered by Fort Belvoir’s neighbors may begin to ease …

FY’15 Budget Won’t Include Detailed Plan for Addressing Sequestration Long-Term

  • February 27, 2014
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Defense officials have prepared a detailed plan for complying with the sequester caps in fiscal 2016 and beyond, but it will not be part of the department’s FY 2015 budget submission next week. Instead, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday when he unveiled the Pentagon’s latest five-year spending plan, officials will submit a budget that exceeds the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps by $115 billion through FY 2019. The department’s FY 2015 budget request for $496 billion, though, adheres to the spending cap in last December’s bipartisan budget agreement …

Republican Defense Leaders Reject Talk of Reversing Spending Cuts

  • February 27, 2014
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Pentagon officials’ hopes for securing relief from caps on defense spending in fiscal 2015 and beyond stand no chance of being realized, Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.) and Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.) told reporters Thursday. In addition to rebuffing prospects for providing relief from sequester cuts scheduled to constrain defense spending through FY 2021, the top defense policy Republicans in Congress rejected the notion that lawmakers would agree to raise sufficient revenue in FY 2015 to pay for a $26 billion investment fund President Obama will propose as part of next year’s budget request …

Crystal City Developer Pins Reuse Plans on Tech Workers

  • February 27, 2014
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The largest owner of real estate in the Northern Virginia community affected by the Pentagon’s decision to abandon leased space during the last BRAC round is looking to metropolitan Washington tech workers to fill its empty buildings in Crystal City. One initiative Vornado Realty Trust plans is to invest in the $50 million Crystal Tech Fund, which shortly will open a facility in Crystal City for investing in early-stage tech companies …

DOD to Create Innovation Centers in Michigan, Illinois

  • February 26, 2014
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The Pentagon will establish two manufacturing innovation institutes that would bring together companies, universities, federal agencies and other institutions to strengthen the nation’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, promote the development of cutting-edge products and foster economic growth, President Obama announced Tuesday, alongside governors from Michigan and Illinois. Under the plan, a group of businesses and universities in the Detroit area will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies …

BRAC Round Would Allow DOD to Downsize Civilian Workforce, Official Says

  • February 26, 2014
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The Defense Department has trimmed its civilian and contractor workforce as part an initiative to streamline its headquarters, but a significant reduction in the number of its civilian workers will require a new round of base closures, Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said Tuesday. This year officials cut operating costs by 20 percent at headquarters offices across all services, agencies and combatant commands, saving about $5 billion. Much of the civilian workforce is employed outside Washington at installations, depots and shipyards, though, Fox said …

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