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Personnel Cuts, Aircraft Retirements likely to Highlight Air Force Budget

  • February 5, 2014
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Major cuts in personnel and the wholesale retirement of several airframes are expected to highlight the Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released next month. “I see a trend, which I think the [Strategic Choices and Management Review] highlighted, toward sustaining a smaller force in the near term in order to resource needed modernization programs,” said Mark Gunzinger, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments …

FY’15 Budget Detail to Come One Week after Initial Release, Report Says

  • February 5, 2014
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Much of the detail associated with the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request will come out one week after the proposal’s scheduled release on March 4, according to congressional sources. Budgetary top lines will come out on March 4, but further detail, including the appendix and budget justifications, will not be released until March 11, reported CQ. The appendix contains details on individual programs and accounts. The Office of Management and Budget has not commented on reports that it would release the budget in separate installments, according to the story. Last month, OMB said it would submit the FY 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4, a one-month delay from the statutory deadline caused by lawmakers’ failure to complete work on the FY 2014 budget before January.

Legislation Calls for Commission to Study Army Force Structure

  • February 4, 2014
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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has introduced a bill that would form a commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components. The commission, which would be similar to the one that just released a report recommending changes to the Air Force, would help address the growing dispute between the active-duty Army, and the National Guard and Reserve …

Obama to Nominate Former Navy Official as DOD Deputy, Report Says

  • February 4, 2014
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Robert Work, who served as Navy undersecretary from 2009 through 2013, will be nominated as deputy secretary of defense as early as Thursday by President Obama, reported RealClearDefense. Work would replace Ashton Carter who resigned late last year. In the interim, Christine Fox has been filling in as deputy secretary. Work now is CEO of think-tank Center for a New American Security. He served 27 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel …

Appropriators Looking for Early Start on FY’15 Spending Measures

  • February 3, 2014
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With last December’s budget agreement locking in a topline for fiscal 2015 spending, top appropriators in the House and Senate are eager to start work on spending bills as soon as possible. Both Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and her House counterpart Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) are aiming to move all 12 spending measures individually by Oct. 1, reported CQ. November’s midterm elections, however, could thwart progress toward completing all of the bills under regular order …

President Nominates Walmart Official for Air Force Installations Post

  • February 2, 2014
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President Obama last week nominated Miranda Ballentine, a top sustainability and renewable energy official for Wal-Mart Stores, to become assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, continuing the administration’s preference to select individuals with a background in energy to lead each service’s installations office. Kathleen Ferguson has been the acting assistant secretary since last March when Terry Yonkers stepped down. Ballentine has been the director of sustainability, renewable energy, sustainable facilities and stakeholder engagement for Wal-Mart Stores since 2008. Previously, she was vice president of investor analysis, chief operating officer and senior consultant for David Gardiner and Associates, according to a White House press release. In 2004, she served as the director of operations, assistant treasurer, and a board member for Environment2004. Ballentine was the operations director for the Solar Electric Light Fund from 2001 to 2004.

Virginia Lawmakers Urge Air Force to Reconsider Moving Science Office to Ohio

  • January 30, 2014
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Three Virginia lawmakers are questioning the Air Force’s plans to relocate its Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington, Va., to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), and Rep. Jim Moran (D) argue that the office’s existing location — close to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation — is too valuable to abandon …

HASC Lawmakers Urge DOD to Retain Carriers

  • January 28, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 11 House Armed Services Committee lawmakers wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging the Pentagon not to retire any of the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. “There is no doubt that there is enduring bipartisan support for a robust Navy supporting a capital fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers,” stated the letter headed up by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also signed the letter. The letter was written after Defense News reported this week that DOD officials are considering whether to eliminate one carrier and one carrier air wing in the 2015 budget, reported the Hill.

Appropriations Panels May Hash Out Spending Allocations at Outset

  • January 28, 2014
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The leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are considering reaching agreement on the spending levels for the 12 annual spending measures prior to drafting and marking up the bills, a step that likely would speed up the appropriations process. A decision to “pre-conference” the spending levels for each appropriations bill would be relatively simple since the topline discretionary spending figure for fiscal 2015 was established in last month’s bipartisan budget deal …

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

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