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Posts Tagged ‘automatic spending cuts’

Budget Caps, Global Demands Jeopardize Army Response

  • September 21, 2014
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The fiscal 2016 budget Pentagon officials currently are working on could represent a “breaking point” if Congress fails to extend relief to the budget caps at the same time global threats continue to surface, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters Friday. The active Army, which now stands at 510,000 soldiers, is slated to drop to 490,000 by the end of FY 2015, 470,000 by FY 2016 and 420,000 by FY 2019. Earlier this year, Odierno testified that a reduction to 450,000 would pose a significant security risk, while an end strength of 420,000 would prevent the Army from carrying out its current strategy …

Stakes are High for Hospitality Industry over Next Round of Army Cuts

  • September 14, 2014
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Fifty weeks out of the year thousands of family members travel to Fort Jackson to celebrate the graduation of a close relative from basic training, accounting for $45 million a year in direct spending in the Midlands region of South Carolina. For the dozens of hotels and restaurants near the post in Columbia, the Army’s next round of personnel cuts — slated to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops — offer the prospect of a significant reduction in economic activity as Fort Jackson faces losing almost half of its personnel …

Communities Flood Army with Response to Restructuring Analysis

  • September 9, 2014
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Army Environmental Command has received more than 93,000 comments so far from defense communities to its assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking the service’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020. Officials still are counting public comments that were postmarked or emailed prior to the Aug. 25 deadline for responding to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment, which looked at the impacts of personnel cuts ranging from to 2,500 to 16,000 at 30 installations …

Thornberry Firmly against Holding a BRAC Round Soon

  • September 8, 2014
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), considered the frontrunner to replace Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) in the next Congress as chair of the Armed Services Committee, told supporters of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., last week that he opposes conducting a new round of base closures in the near future. “I don’t think you are going to see a BRAC anytime soon. We haven’t paid for the last one …

Pennsylvania Governor Fights Army Plan to Eliminate National Guard Unit

  • September 4, 2014
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has made it clear he will oppose a contingency plan by the Army to shut down a unit of the National Guard. The plan to eliminate the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team is not in the current budget; it would not go into effect unless the Army is forced to adhere to the Budget Control Act spending caps in fiscal 2016, reported the Times-Leader. But it’s still a concern, Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, the state’s adjutant general, told the paper. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, Corbett said he opposes the unit’s elimination and urged officials to cancel the “ill-advised reduction.” With that letter, the closure threat should have subsided, Craig said. “The governor knows elimination of any unit has to have his consent. That’s the law. U.S. Code Titles 10 and 32 spell that out,” he said.

Pentagon Spending Plans Far Exceed Budget Caps, Analyst Says

  • September 4, 2014
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When defense officials rolled out the department’s five-year spending plan in March, they acknowledged it exceeded the 2011 Budget Control Act limits by $116 billion and would require congressional action to relax the caps. The actual cost of funding the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015-2019 budget may require $200 billion to $300 billion in additional spending, however, due to a number of assumptions that are unlikely to be realized, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. One shortcoming of the five-year plan is its failure to fund the force structure called for in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review and 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance …

Global Unrest Creates Possible Opening to Relax Spending Caps

  • September 2, 2014
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The rise of the Islamic State along with other emerging threats could provide an opening for lawmakers to reverse defense cuts, or at least offer the Pentagon additional flexibility to respond to the threats, but it’s not yet clear that such an effort could succeed at this point, budget experts say. As the number of hotspots expands across the globe, talk about various options Congress could pursue to pay for a military response — including ongoing airstrikes in Iraq and possible ones in Syria — has been on the upswing …

Pentagon Embarks on New Streamlining Campaign

  • September 1, 2014
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The Defense Department is preparing to launch a new initiative to reduce overhead and administrative costs in the office of the secretary of defense and the 16 defense agencies, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. The effort, which will bypass the military services and combatant commands, will partially rely on outside experts from the Defense Business Board and Business Executives for National Security …

Prospect of Further Army Downsizing Generates Massive Public Response

  • September 1, 2014
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Army Environmental Command (AEC) has received tens of thousands of public comments to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts from shrinking its active-duty end strength to 420,000 troops by 2020, far surpassing the response last year to the analysis prepared for a previous round of cuts. As of last Wednesday, the command had received more than 40,000 public comments from supporters of the 30 installations included in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), with additional deliveries yet to be counted. The deadline for submitting comments was Aug. 25 …

Army Task Force Hashes out Force Structure Changes, Other Strategic Issues

  • August 26, 2014
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Army Undersecretary Brad Carson, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell and other senior Army leaders have been meeting weekly to figure out the best way for the service to address a variety of strategic decisions, including personnel cuts and other changes stemming from stringent spending caps. “The future [decisions] will be about all of the issues you can imagine … from controlling compensation, cyber and the Army strategic planning process,” Carson said of the forums. “There are probably 20 or 30 different budget issues and programming issues that are important in the Army …

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