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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Strategic Choices Point to Reduced Need for ‘Garrison Force,’ Hagel Says

  • November 5, 2013
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Deep cuts in military end strength are one likely outcome of budget and strategic planning efforts now under way at the Pentagon, as significant changes are expected across every aspect of the department, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday during a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The overriding question Hagel broached four months ago when he introduced the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review — whether the nation will keep a heavy active-duty military with aging equipment and technology, or reduce the number of forces while retaining a focus on modernization — seemingly has been answered …

Congressional Staff Briefed on Shared Services

  • October 31, 2013
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Senior DOD officials, House Armed Services Committee staff and community experts briefed Capitol Hill staff Wednesday on the new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental agreements…

Appropriators Begin Battle over Defense vs. Domestic Spending Priorities

  • October 31, 2013
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If the House-Senate budget conference committee that began meeting this week comes to an agreement on spending levels, another budget battle looms: Which of the 12 appropriations bills should be considered priorities if lawmakers can address appropriations through regular order?

Budget Conferees Open with Talk of Bipartisan Deal but Acknowledge Task Is Tall

  • October 30, 2013
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Leaders of the House-Senate budget conference committee opened the panel’s first session Wednesday promising to work toward bipartisan solutions, but they also doubled down on their parties’ differing positions. In general, Republicans want to look at reducing spending while Democratic negotiators want tax increases on the table…

Former HASC Chairman Skelton Dies; Defense Hawk Used Position to Protect Bases

  • October 29, 2013
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Ike Skelton, former chairman of the House Armed Committee and 17-term representative from Missouri, died on Monday in Virginia. He was 81. Over his 34-year tenure, Skelton proved a powerful supporter of defense spending and an influential backer of military installations in his home state of Missouri…

Senate Plans NDAA Action Before Thanksgiving

  • October 29, 2013
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Senate leaders plan to take up the annual National Defense Authorization Act by the end of November. “We’re going to take up the defense authorization bill, which supports our troops and ensures this nation does everything in our power to keep America safe from those who would do us harm,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor…

Congressional Leaders Giving Budget Committee Space to Work, Preparing Contingencies

  • October 29, 2013
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When a joint House-Senate committee meets Wednesday to discuss differences between the two chambers’ budget priorities, the panel will have leeway to consider ways to address sequestration and potential new sources of revenue, CQ reports. The revenue side of the equation…

Drawdown Will Hit DOD Budget Hard, Analyst Says

  • October 28, 2013
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Historic downsizing trends indicate that the planned military drawdown will bring deeper cuts to the Department of Defense budget than sequestration, according to one analyst. “I think that the sequester-level budget caps might actually be a ceiling, not a floor, for the defense budget in the coming years,” Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment said last week…

Ahead of Weds. Budget Meeting, Both Sides Say Grand Deal Unlikely

  • October 28, 2013
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President Obama said Monday he will “keep fighting” to reverse across-the-board cuts to federal agencies. The President’s remarks during an event at FBI headquarters come two days before Congressional Democrats and Republicans meet Wednesday for formal budget talks, where sequestration likely will be a point of discussion…

Carper, Coburn Point to GAO Report to Promote Bill Streamlining Property Disposal

  • October 27, 2013
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The chairman and the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee underscored the findings of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the leasing of federal facilities to promote legislation intended to jump start the disposal of surplus buildings by the federal government. The GAO report calls on the General Services Administration (GSA) to improve how it operates leasing and capital planning programs by providing greater transparency and better management of high-value leases …

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