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Army Drawdown Would Require Large Cut in Brigades, Odierno Says

  • April 9, 2014
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If the full force of sequestration returns in fiscal 2016, the Army would be forced to eliminate up to 46 percent of its active-duty brigade combat teams, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Those cuts would be accompanied by a 22 percent reduction in brigade combat teams from the National Guard, Odierno told the panel. Those changes would result in the Army going from a mix of 51 percent active and 49 percent reserve component personnel, to a 46 percent active and 54 percent reserve-component split …

Cleanup of Legacy BRAC Sites Going Too Slowly, Lawmakers Say

  • April 9, 2014
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Prompted by concern over the pace of the cleanup of installations closed during the first four BRAC rounds, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to submit a plan to expedite and expand cleanup activities at legacy BRAC sites, according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The plan, which would be due 90 days after the spending bill is enacted, also should explain how the department “will fully utilize the funds previously appropriated …

House Panel Warns DOD against Closure Actions outside of BRAC

  • April 9, 2014
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The Defense Department should consult with lawmakers before attempting to carry out a closure or realignment outside of a BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs the Pentagon in the report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The request was prompted by the committee’s concern that “the Department of Defense will authorize the closure of military installations under Title 10 U.S.C. 2687, without adequate congressional consultation,” the report states …

BRAC Is Only Way to Alleviate Excess Capacity, Hammack Tells Lawmakers

  • April 8, 2014
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The Army’s top installations official made the case for a new BRAC round during a Capitol Hill hearing last week, citing the service’s declining force structure and recent efforts to downsize its footprint in Europe. “The best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner is through the BRAC (base realignment and closure) Commission process,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

SASC Members Launch Effort to Reverse Spending Cuts

  • April 8, 2014
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Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee plan on holding informal discussions on ways to loosen the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps. Congress has provided partial relief to the automatic cuts in the first three years of sequestration, but starting in fiscal 2016 they are slated to be fully imposed, amounting to more than $50 billion in spending reductions annually. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said the committee is well-suited to tackle the issue because it’s bipartisan, broadly representative of both parties and more familiar with the impact of sequestration than other committees since DOD represents half of the spending cuts. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) previously has talked about the effort. “I don’t know where it’s going. I just wanted to open up a discussion in the committee about what to do about sequester instead of just complaining about it,” King told the Hill on Tuesday.

Unfunded Priorities Lists Unlikely to Be Fulfilled

  • April 6, 2014
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The military services last week sent Congress a list of $36 billion worth of priorities not included in DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request, including significant amounts of funding for facility needs. The lists, requested by the House Armed Services Committee, stand little chance of being funded, though, as lawmakers are unlikely to revisit the FY 2015 spending caps included in last December’s budget agreement. “It is not going to happen,” said Gordon Adams, a Stimson Center analyst responsible for the defense budget during the Clinton administration …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Belt-Tightening Initiative Enlists Airmen to Clean Buildings at Scott AFB

  • March 31, 2014
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Airmen at Scott Air Force Base will be assigned new custodial and grounds-keeping duties starting Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move intended to save $1 million. Personnel will be assigned more responsibility for sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and grass-cutting at the majority of buildings on the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Air Mobility Command, however, will retain its custodial contracts at buildings categorized as “prestige” level …

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