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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Senate Panel Rejects Request for BRAC Round in 2015

  • June 11, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee failed to endorse the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it marked up Tuesday. Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said DOD cannot afford the upfront investment to carry out a new round and pointed to the dramatic rise in implementation costs for the last round over the department’s initial estimate in explaining the panel’s decision …

House, Senate Budgets to Flout Defense Spending Caps

  • June 10, 2013
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House Republicans and Senate Democrats are expected to keep defense spending plans on a course that calls for automatic spending cuts once again as appropriators in both chambers move fiscal 2014 appropriations bills that breach the $498 billion cap on security spending. On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee marks up a defense spending measure that will provide $512.5 billion for DOD. Even without the $10.0 billion the House allocated for military construction in a measure passed last week, the figure breaches the spending limit. The $498 billion cap also needs room for about $18 billion for the Energy Department’s atomic weapons program and $2 billion for Homeland Security …

Senate Panel to Ignore Administration’s BRAC Request, Report Says

  • June 10, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will not authorize the Pentagon to conduct a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up today, according to a summary of the legislation obtained by CQ. The news comes as no surprise. At a hearing in April, the subcommittee’s chairwoman and ranking member both voiced their opposition to a new round of base closures …

DOD Adds Personnel Data to Annual Inventory of Facilities

  • June 9, 2013
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The Defense Department has upgraded the personnel data included in its annual Base Structure Report, allowing readers to see official personnel data for every U.S. installation. In previous years the report included personnel information, but with the caveat that the data was only being used to show the magnitude of size of a location and should not be considered official data. Now the FY 2013 Base Structure Report will feature a new section with data provided by the office of the undersecretary for personnel and readiness …

BRIC Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Closed Bases

  • June 9, 2013
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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 legislation introduced last week by Indiana Rep. Todd Young. The Base Redevelopment and Indemnification Correct (BRIC) Act, H.R. 2258, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988. The provision would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

Latest Squabble over Spending Bills Unlikely to Help Dissolve Sequester

  • June 9, 2013
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Last week’s threat by the White House to veto fiscal 2014 spending bills unless House Republicans and Senate Democrats come to a compromise over a broad budget plan is unlikely to accomplish its aim — reaching an agreement that reverses next year’s sequester cuts, according to budget experts. Following President Obama’s veto threat — prompted by the week’s House votes over the military construction-veterans affairs and homeland security spending measures — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused the president of threatening a government shutdown, arguing that negotiations over a grand bargain to reduce the deficit should continue on a separate track from discussions over next year’s spending …

Wittman Determined to Fight Military’s Readiness Crisis

  • June 7, 2013
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Since taking the helm of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee at the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) has made his chief priority clear — reversing the armed forces’ readiness crisis. Wittman believes that strategy must drive the budget for defense, and not the other way around. He has said that the nation should not attempt to solve its fiscal issues on the backs of its all-volunteer force …

Defense Bill Language Could Ease Return of Ft. Monroe Parcel

  • June 6, 2013
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The Fort Monroe Authority may not need to negotiate with the Army over the purchase price for a 70-acre parcel at the historic post not included in the acreage already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia. A provision in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Army to convey the tract as close in time as possible to the transfer of 372 acres of the post already slated to return to the commonwealth …

Hear Four Washington Insiders Explain How the Pentagon Can Survive the Budget Quagmire

  • June 6, 2013
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One question underlies much of what ADC members think about on a daily basis — how is DOD going to cope over the coming decade with spending cuts of at least $500 billion, with the potential to reach $1 trillion? The answer to that question will determine whether the military’s troop strength is sharply dialed back, how deeply the civilian workforce will be trimmed and whether there will be future rounds of base closure …

Budget Analysis to Identify How Sequester Cuts Will Be Applied

  • June 6, 2013
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The Pentagon will provide the Senate Armed Services Committee by July 1 its contingency plan for absorbing the fiscal 2014 sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday. “In the coming weeks we will be examining how we will manage through FY ’14 if we are limited to budget levels other than the president’s budget and taking into consideration the disruptions in fiscal year ’13 …

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