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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Hawaii Military Affairs Council Hosts ASEAN Event

  • April 3, 2014
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The U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, an informal meeting of the defense ministers of 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held in Hawaii this week concluded with a luncheon Thursday hosted by the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. The luncheon was the forum’s only event hosted by a private organization and underscored the Hawaii community’s strong support for the military …

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 …

DOD Shouldn’t Attempt to Bypass BRAC, Armed Services Chair Warns

  • April 3, 2014
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Senate Democrats on Thursday forcefully warned the Defense Department against any attempt to close or realign installations outside of a BRAC round, reported the Hill. “If our Army or any of the other services proposes something in the budget which is not compliant with the BRAC process, in other words front-running the BRAC process, it will be triply difficult to get a BRAC process going,” Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Army Secretary John McHugh during his panel’s hearing on the service’s fiscal 2015 budget request …

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 …

Burke Previews Pentagon’s New Energy Policy

  • April 2, 2014
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Comprehensive guidance for DOD’s full range of energy activities — including operational and facility energy and energy-related elements of mission assurance — will be unveiled shortly, Sharon Burke, assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs, told the Senate Armed Services Readiness And Management Support Subcommittee Wednesday. The policy document follows a request from then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to produce a “shared narrative” for defense energy programs, reports American Forces Press Service. “I believe it’s very fair to say that the basic principles already guide our activities and have for some time …

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 …

Alabama Congressman Wonders if BRAC Would Benefit Huntsville in Future

  • April 1, 2014
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Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding region of Huntsville, Ala., was one of the big winners in the 2005 round of BRAC, but Rep. Mo Brooks (R) warned a local audience that the area might not be so fortunate next time. “There are a lot of folks who would love to be able to take that job that’s at Redstone Arsenal and move it and they see BRAC as a way to do that,” Brooks told attendees Monday at a Washington update hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

House Republican Budget Would Restore Defense Spending

  • April 1, 2014
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The long-term spending plan unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday calls for defense spending to exceed Budget Control Act spending caps starting in fiscal 2016 and to return to pre-sequester levels by 2017. After FY 2015, the House Republican’s 10-year budget shifts more than $50 billion a year from domestic to defense spending, a move that guarantees the plan will be universally opposed by Democrats. Assuming the budget resolution passes the House, it almost certainly will not be reconciled with a Senate version as that chamber is not expected to move its own budget this year …

DOD Reiterates Commitment to Asia

  • March 31, 2014
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Despite a rising chorus of doubts as to whether the Pentagon can carry out its pivot to Asia due to budget cuts and a possible Russian threat to Europe, the Obama administration remains firmly committed to the shift. “The rebalance is at the front and center of our national security strategy,” a senior defense official told reporters at a background briefing previewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip this week to Hawaii, Japan, China and Mongolia …

Plan to Consolidate Exchanges, Commissaries Would Mitigate Budget Cuts

  • March 31, 2014
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A proposal from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to consolidate military commissaries and base exchanges could provide an alternate means to generate some of the savings required under the Pentagon’s plan to trim the annual subsidy for military grocery stores over the next three years. The AAFES proposal, submitted March 17 to senior DOD officials, concluded that a consolidation could save $250 million to $450 million a year in commissary overhead …

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