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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Lawmakers Want Better Data on Underutilized Property at Installations

  • April 16, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee has asked the Pentagon to prepare a plan for maximizing the use of its facilities in an effort to cut costs, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The panel said it was concerned that DOD is not updating its non-BRAC real property inventory database in a timely fashion, hindering the department’s ability to “maximize the utility of existing real property and to reduce taxpayer expenses …

Army Needs to Help Communities Understand Impact of Privatized Lodging, Panel Says

  • April 15, 2014
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The owners of hotels outside military installations that have privatized lodging are concerned on-post facilities could gain an unfair competitive advantage, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. Their concern stems from the possibility that hotels developed under the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program could be made available to the general public while also benefitting from hotel stays made by soldiers who are traveling …

DOD Report Reveals Extent of Facility Budget Cuts under Spending Caps

  • April 15, 2014
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Spending on installation services, facilities sustainment and military construction would be trimmed by $17.5 billion if the defense budget were held at sequester levels from fiscal years 2016-2019, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pentagon. The Army would be forced to make the most far-reaching reductions to installation services, with the report projecting it would need to cut spending by $3.8 billion over the four-year period. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are projected to cut installations services spending by a total of $1.0 billion from FY 2016-2019, compared to the department’s five-year spending plan submitted as part of its FY 2015 budget request …

Army Breaks Ground on Flight Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • April 14, 2014
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The Army’s flight activity center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurt is finally getting a new home – after operating for more than 50 years out of an outdated hangar originally designed for the Navy’s antisubmarine blimp fleet. Officials broke ground Friday on a new facility to house Communications-Electronics Research…

Air Force Has Few Options In Light of Capitol Hill Opposition to BRAC

  • April 14, 2014
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Despite serious problems created by declining budgets, Congress remains adamantly opposed to a new round of base closure, leaving the Air Force with few options for cutting costs associated with installations. “The department is facing a serious problem created by the tension of declining budgets, reductions in force structure and limited flexibility to adapt our infrastructure accordingly,” said John Conger…

Are Military Housing Needs in Conflict with Training Lands, House Panel Asks

  • April 13, 2014
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An urgent need to expand military housing for personnel and their families at some installations potentially could force officials to convert property designated for training, the House Appropriations Committee states in its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. To alleviate the demand for additional housing at affected installations, the committee urges DOD to work with state and local governments, along with nongovernmental entities, when development is supported by the community …

Senate to Take up Milcon Spending Next Month

  • April 10, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to mark up the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill before the end of May, Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Thursday. Mikulski said the milcon measure “definitely will be the first” spending bill her committee marks up as the House and Senate Appropriations committees attempt to coordinate their schedules, reported CQ. But the schedules won’t be identical …

Appropriators Highlight Deficiencies at DOD Facilities

  • April 10, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee cited a variety of shortcomings in DOD’s military construction program, including a lack of priority placed on projects that affect safety and health, and antiquated dining facilities at several joint bases, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee believes that the Department of Defense should consider more than the mission requirements and training objectives of installations when prioritizing MILCON projects …

Battle over A-10 Heats up on Capitol Hill

  • April 10, 2014
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Republican lawmakers and local officials on Thursday pledged to save the A-10 attack aircraft from an Air Force proposal to retire the fleet in the face of strict spending caps originally mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act. The challenge for the lawmakers, led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), is finding an offset to make up for the $3.5 billion the Air Force intends to save by eliminating the aircraft that specializes in close air support, reported Defense News. “I am working this issue with my colleagues,” Ayotte told reporters …

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 …

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