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Posts Tagged ‘defense authorization bill’

Legal Concerns Slow Implementation of New Partnerships Authority, Hammack Says

  • February 6, 2014
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Unanswered legal questions surrounding the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services have hampered Army efforts to take advantage of the authority, according to Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The Army is eager to take advantage of sec. 331, the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions. So far, Army headquarters is encouraging installations to work with their host communities to identify the potential opportunities and capabilities each has to offer …

Pentagon Narrows List of Eastern Missile Defense Sites

  • February 2, 2014
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Four locations in the eastern half of the United States, including Fort Drum, N.Y., will be the subject of two-year-long environmental impact statements to determine a potential site to host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast, the Defense Department announced Friday. The department’s effort to identify an East Coast missile defense site follows Congress’ direction to study at least three potential missile defense sites, including at least two on the East Coast …

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

Relocation of Army Units Restricted under Omnibus

  • January 26, 2014
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The Army is restricted from relocating units from installations with a significant proportion of civilian employees, according to the omnibus spending bill signed into law earlier this month. The military construction section of the legislation bars the Army from using fiscal 2014 funds to relocate a unit at an installation in which the total number of civilian employees of the Army and contractor personnel exceeds 10 percent of the total number of members of the Army’s regular and reserve components assigned to the installation …

Defense Committees Take on New Leadership

  • January 23, 2014
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Retirements at the end of the year by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, along with the recent deaths of two long-time appropriators, are resulting in a rapid turnover of the leadership of four defense panels. The retirement announcement last week from Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of House Armed Services, follows the earlier retirement announcement from Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). As a result, both committees will have new leaders in the 114th Congress …

McKeon Retirement to Attract Multiple Challengers for Armed Services Post

  • January 15, 2014
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Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who has chaired the House Armed Services Committee since 2011, is expected to announce today he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, setting up a fight for the powerful post. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the panel’s vice chairman, is considered the frontrunner and reportedly is McKeon’s choice to replace him, but at least two other senior committee members are expected to challenge Thornberry for the position …

Northwest Washington Installations Stand to Gain from Funding in Defense Bill

  • January 8, 2014
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The 2014 defense authorization bill, signed into law by President Obama late last month, is a boon for installations in northwest Washington, authorizing tens of millions of dollars in funding for projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Base Kitsap. Four construction projects were authorized at Lewis-McChord totaling $153 million, including $79 million for an aircraft maintenance hangar and $37 million for airfield improvements. Three projects were authorized at Whidbey Island, including $85 million for P-8A Poseidon hanger and training facilities …

Policy Bill Calls for Plan to Reorganize Pentagon Headquarters

  • January 6, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to craft a plan for reducing the number of personnel at top headquarters offices under the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill recently signed into law. Last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a series of austerity measures to streamline the department’s overhead, but the bill language goes further. Hagel must put together a plan for streamlining DOD headquarters “by changing or reducing the size of staffs, eliminating tiers of management, cutting functions that provide little or no added value, and consolidating overlapping and duplicative programs and offices …

Language Directing Quick Transfer of Ft. Monroe Parcel Left out of Policy Bill

  • January 2, 2014
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A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer …

Policy Bill Bolsters Requirements for Installation Master Plans

  • December 22, 2013
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Master plans for major installations will need to be more comprehensive as the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill adds several new requirements commanders must address. The most significant element may be the requirement for the plans to consider “capacity planning through the establishment of growth boundaries around cantonment areas to focus development towards the core and preserve range and training space,” according to section 2811 of the compromise version of the legislation approved by the Senate last week …

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