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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

House Spending Bill Would Allow Air Force to Eliminate A-10s

  • June 2, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 spending bill approved Friday by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee would allow the Air Force to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, even while rejecting many of DOD’s austerity measures intended to cope with next year’s statutory spending cap. The Air Force’s plan to retire its fleet of 283 A-10 Warthogs, designed to save $4.2 billion over five years, is overturned in the defense authorization bills advanced by the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Last week’s move adds to the uncertainty over the A-10 for the time being …

Committee Urges DOD to Consider Local Reuse Potential for Military Property

  • June 2, 2014
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Defense officials should consider the steps the department could take to assess the local redevelopment potential for military properties and facilities, according to the report of the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “Prior to approving new construction or upgrades, the department should consider local interest, property value and related cost savings that could result from the transfer and disposal of facilities or properties …

Senate Panel Maintains Freeze on Guam Buildup Funding

  • June 1, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approved last month by the Senate Armed Services Committee would extend the ban on the use of U.S. or Japanese funds for facilities on Guam needed to accommodate the arrival of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa until the Defense Department completes a master plan for construction needed to support the buildup. “The bill approved by the committee makes the hard choices necessary to preserve our military readiness and uphold our obligations to our men and women in uniform and their families in a difficult fiscal environment …

Tester Helps Preserve Flying Mission at Great Falls ANG Base

  • June 1, 2014
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Since entering office seven years ago, Montana Sen. Jon Tester has been a champion of his state’s defense facilities and a valuable ally of the Montana Defense Alliance. When the Montana Air National Guard faced the prospect of losing its F-15 fighter mission, Tester led the state’s campaign to overturn the plan. While the fight was unsuccessful, the senator then focused the state’s effort on identifying a replacement mission to preserve the jobs that otherwise would be eliminated …

Legislative Solution to Save Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Remains Alive

  • June 1, 2014
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Supporters of the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field, received some positive news after language to suspend the unit’s deactivation was added to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan (D) introduced the amendment last month in response to the Air Force’s FY 2015 budget request, which calls for retiring the 440th’s 12 C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft. Hagan’s amendment would halt all C-130H and C-130J aircraft transfers until 60 days after the Air Force issues a report outlining a justification of its decision …

Kansas Rep. Fights for Defense Communities through House Caucus, Support for Ammo Plant Reuse

  • May 29, 2014
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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who helped establish the House Defense Communities Caucus and end a long-running dispute delaying the transfer of Kansas Army Ammunition Plant to the community, has been selected to receive ADC’s Congressional Leadership Award. Jenkins helped launched the Defense Communities Caucus in the House in March 2011 with Rep. Sam Farr (Calif.) to advance issues facing communities with active or closed installations …

Out-of-Pocket Costs Likely to Rise for Military Families

  • May 29, 2014
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The belt-tightening measures proposed by the Pentagon were hardly embraced in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bills crafted by the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee over the past several weeks, but service members and their families likely will face reduced compensation levels after the annual defense policy bill is enacted. The federal subsidy for military commissaries is largely protected, with the Senate ignoring DOD’s request to trim the direct subsidy by $200 million in FY 2015. The House, however, called for reducing the federal contribution by $100 million …

House Spending Bill Rejects Many DOD Cost-Cutting Proposals

  • May 29, 2014
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The $491 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill unveiled Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee ignores many of the Pentagon’s plans for cutting back programs aimed at keeping its budget under next year’s statutory spending cap. The draft measure includes $789 million to refuel the USS George Washington in a reversal of DOD’s budget request, which assumes the carrier would be retired to save money. The bill also includes language barring the Army from shifting the Army National Guard’s fleet of Apache attack helicopters to active-duty forces …

House Passes Amendment to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • May 29, 2014
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Land not yet transferred at former ammunition plants and other military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed by the House last week. The amendment, sponsored by Indiana Rep. Todd Young (R), would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to property not yet transferred at bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

Budget Reality Makes BRAC Urgent, Former DOD Official Says

  • May 28, 2014
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With the Pentagon’s authority to pare down its excess infrastructure limited, perhaps officials could jump start the process by following the formula used in the 1980s when the department was similarly stymied from closing bases, according to an op-ed published in Defense News. To break the logjam, Lawrence Korb, the senior DOD official in charge of installations, and then-Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, agreed in 1985 that DOD would submit a list of bases it wanted to close to the committee …

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