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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

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 …

Armed Services Committee Requests Justification for Army Drawdown Decisions

  • June 6, 2013
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With the Army on the cusp of announcing the locations that would lose brigade combat teams and additional personnel as it trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, lawmakers would like the service to provide them with justifications for the specific basing decisions. “In making final stationing recommendations, the committee fully expects the Army to demonstrate a business case analysis in support of each recommendation …

Tsongas Takes on Mission of Strengthening Massachusetts’ Defense Communities

  • June 6, 2013
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Since entering Congress six years ago, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) has been a devoted advocate for defense communities in Massachusetts and across the country, along with the men and women who serve in the armed forces, and veterans. As the only member of the Massachusetts delegation serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Tsongas is personally engaged on issues affecting the defense sector throughout the commonwealth, including New England’s only active-duty Army and Air Force installations — the U.S. Army’s Soldier Systems Center in Natick and Hanscom Air Force Base …

Defense Spending Bill Would Restore Facility Sustainment Funds

  • June 5, 2013
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The fiscal 2014 defense spending bill approved Wednesday by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee would restore $922 million “in unrealistic reductions” included in the Pentagon’s budget request for facilities sustainment and modernization, according to a summary of the bill released by the panel. The measure also includes full funding, $570 million, for the tuition assistance program, which allows military personnel to earn college degrees while still serving …

Compromise BRAC Language Voted Down in Committee

  • June 5, 2013
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In a vote that triggered an animated discussion, the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would have allowed the Pentagon to begin planning for a new round of base closures without scheduling a new BRAC process, however. The provision would have reversed language in the annual policy bill barring the department from planning for an additional BRAC round, but at the same time, it would have prohibited DOD from launching a new round in 2014 or 2015 …

House Adds BRAC Prohibition to Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 4, 2013
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The House approved language barring the Pentagon from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new base closure round during its debate Tuesday over the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), parallels language in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill. The ban is needed to ensure “the limited resources we have are used to address current mission and readiness needs …

Budget Cuts Likely to Remain Next Year, DOD Official Says

  • June 3, 2013
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DOD’s top acquisition official warned Navy contractors that they should prepare for the likelihood that deep spending cuts required under sequestration will continue next year. “It’s a reasonable possibility that we will go into 2014 with sequestration still underway,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said Monday. “A lot of things we planned on doing we won’t be able to do …

Oklahoma’s Inhofe Defends Service Members, Families, Veterans

  • June 3, 2013
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As the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee and previously as senior member of the panel, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has been a long-standing champion for the military, the men and women who defend the nation, military families and veterans. In recognition that a strong national defense is one of the most important functions of the federal government, the four-term senator has continually fought to ensure the armed forces have the resources they need to fulfill their mission and the military budget remains a fixed percentage of the gross domestic product …

White House Threatens to Veto Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 3, 2013
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The White House Monday threatened to veto the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veteran affairs in a statement indicating President Obama wouldn’t sign any appropriations bills until the two parties first reach an agreement over the topline spending level for next year. The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement saying the president would veto all spending bills unless they pass Congress “in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future …

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