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Once More unto the Breach: Central Louisiana Leaders Urge Support for Ft. Polk

  • July 6, 2014
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One year after a local outpouring of support for Fort Polk helped to bolster the post’s position amid an effort to trim the Army’s active-duty end strength to 490,000, area leaders again beseeched the public to act to prevent the installation from losing up to 60 percent of its personnel. “Last year, for the first time, we changed the perception of Fort Polk by the Army,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, said at a press conference Wednesday. The Army received about 4,300 responses from area residents last year during the public comment period as it assessed how to restructure its brigade combat teams …

Budget Constraints Should Force DOD to Focus on Primary Foes, CSIS Concludes

  • July 6, 2014
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With the Pentagon’s budget slated to drop 21 percent from 2012 to 2021, the military’s priority should be to modernize its existing forces and to ensure it maintains its technological superiority in preparation for a conflict with Russia or China, according to a new study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Preparing for a “great power conflict” would mean maintaining its nuclear triad of long-range bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Such an approach also would call for an emphasis on special operations forces and heavy ground units, along with a focus on surveillance in air and space …

Timing of Next Steps in Army’s Basing Analysis Unclear

  • July 6, 2014
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After the Army makes a final determination as to whether a full-blown environmental impact statement is required as part of its evaluation of how it will shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers, it most likely will hold “listening sessions” in affected communities before making decisions regarding changes in force structure. At this point, however, it is too early to say when officials will hold sessions to gather input from local leaders in each of the 30 communities evaluated in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month …

Clarksville Leaders Pledge Unified Effort to Stave off Force Reductions

  • July 1, 2014
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Leaders in Middle Tennessee are vowing to pull together to head off the potential loss of one-half of the military and civilian personnel at Fort Campbell, following last week’s release of an Army analysis of the economic impacts associated with eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers across the service. For Fort Campbell, the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment considers a reduction of up to 15,221 soldiers and 779 civilians. The post currently hosts a population of 32,281 personnel …

Local Initiative to Highlight Strengths at Fort Benning ahead of Army Downsizing

  • July 1, 2014
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Faced with the prospect of losing thousands of soldiers as the Army considers a new round of personnel reductions, leaders from Columbus, Ga., have launched a “Fort Benning Partnership” initiative to let Army officials and federal lawmakers know the value of the post’s missions, personnel and assets. “Our citizens need to know how serious of a threat this is to our community, and it’s really the broader Chattahoochee Valley community,” said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson …

Southeastern Arizona Officials Attempt to Head Off Prospective Cuts at Ft. Huachuca

  • June 29, 2014
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Prompted by earlier indications that the Army was contemplating eliminating almost 50 percent of the personnel at Fort Huachuca as part of a looming round of force reductions that could shrink the service to an active-duty end strength of 420,000, officials representing Sierra Vista, Ariz., and the surrounding region have been scrambling to stave off the cuts. “We’re trying to get ahead of whatever curve you can get ahead of with something like this, and we are working to try and diversify our economy,” said Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation …

Army Expands Scope of Basing Analysis beyond Operational Forces

  • June 29, 2014
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The Army assessment released last week of the impacts associated with trimming its active-duty end strength to 420,000 evaluates nine installations without significant operational forces that were not included in the analysis it completed last year before determining how it would shrink the service to 490,000 personnel. The 2013 analysis primarily focused on deactivating brigade combat teams at 21 candidate posts, but with the need to consider eliminating an additional 70,000 troops, officials expanded the latest assessment to its “generating force,” according to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) released Thursday by Army Environmental Command …

Despite Long Odds, BRAC Still Worth Fighting For, James Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is pessimistic about the prospect that Congress will approve the Pentagon’s request for a new BRAC round in 2017, but believes DOD will continue trying to persuade lawmakers of its importance at a time when it is coping with stringent spending caps. “As a person who came out of business, the last things a corporation would do is spend money on facilities that are no longer needed,” James told defense reporters Wednesday. “You would never, never, never run a business this way. I realize government is not a business. But there are certain principles [that] make good common sense …

Emboldened Tea Party Republicans Could Slow Progress on Spending Bills

  • June 15, 2014
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With Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the favorite to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as House majority leader following his stunning primary defeat last week, House leadership’s goal of passing all 12 individual spending bills before the new fiscal year begins seemingly will remain on track. McCarthy, an establishment Republican, supported the December budget deal relaxing Budget Control Act spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 and, as result, favors the overall spending levels reflected in next year’s appropriations bills over the option of a continuing resolution …

Senate Panel Requests Details on Army Process for Making End Strength Reductions

  • June 10, 2014
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With the Army undergoing an effort to determine which installations will lose brigade combat teams (BCTs) as it plans to trim its active-duty end strength below 490,000, the Senate Armed Services Committee is directing the service to describe the decision-making processes and analytical methodologies it will employ. The Army has said it will need to eliminate an additional 40,000 troops to reach an end strength of 450,000 by fiscal 2017 to meet Budget Control Act spending caps …

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