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Army Looking at Options for Speeding Drawdown, Odierno Says

  • January 8, 2014
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After previously accelerating its plan to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet budget constraints, Army officials now are studying if the service’s forces can be cut further in a short timeframe. “We’re taking out about 20,000 a year. If I go higher than that, it costs me more to take them out, and so we start reducing the savings that we’re gaining from the people,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said during a speech at the National Press Club Tuesday. “So that’s the dilemma that we have …

Prospect for Stopgap Spending Bill Rises despite Progress on Crafting Omnibus

  • January 8, 2014
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Congressional appropriators continued to make progress Wednesday on resolving differences over funding and policy in the 12 bills needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. But with the Jan. 15 deadline for both chambers to clear a massive, $1.012 trillion spending package fast approaching, the likelihood is growing stronger that lawmakers will need to take up a short-term continuing resolution …

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 …

White House’s FY’15 Budget Request behind Schedule

  • January 7, 2014
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President Obama likely will not deliver his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress until late February at the earliest, according to budget experts. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will send its “passback guidance” — the White House’s response to an agency’s draft budget — to the Pentagon shortly, reported Defense News. Passbacks, which are followed by one or more rounds of negotiations, usually occur in late November …

Appropriators Complete Work on Defense Bill, but Omnibus Could Slip Past Deadline

  • January 7, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Tuesday added the defense bill to the list of spending measures for which they have ironed out differences over funding levels and policy as they craft a fiscal 2014 omnibus package, but delays in reaching agreement on the last six bills could force lawmakers to take up a short-term continuing resolution (CR). Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, had hoped to finish all 12 parts of the $1.012 trillion omnibus by Wednesday to give each chamber enough time to consider the legislation before the current CR expires Jan. 15 …

Appropriators Scramble to Meet Fast-Approaching Deadline for FY’14 Budget

  • January 6, 2014
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House and Senate appropriators are trying to hash out differences over many of the 12 spending bills intended to be included in a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending package, but discrepancies over policy or funding in eight of the measures could force lawmakers to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown after Jan. 15. Appropriators have agreed on spending amounts and language in four of the bills, including military construction-veterans affairs, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday. Those four will definitely be included in the $1.012 trillion spending package …

Appropriators near Completion of FY’14 Spending Package

  • January 2, 2014
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Progress on crafting a $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 is on schedule for lawmakers to take it up by Jan. 15 when the current continuing resolution runs out. Some hurdles — such as funding levels for specific projects and policy riders from earlier versions of individual spending bills — still remain, and it is unclear how soon leaders of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will work those out, reported the Hill …

Budget Deal Will Help Restore Decline in Readiness, Top Officials Say

  • December 22, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both applauded on Thursday the bipartisan budget deal for allowing defense spending a reprieve from sequestration’s deepest cuts over the next two years, while warning that difficult budget decisions still remain. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news briefing of the deal which has passed both the House and Senate …

Talks Underway to Strike Compromise on Defense Spending Bill, Durbin Says

  • December 19, 2013
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When it comes to the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill, the assignment for House and Senate appropriators is to find more than $20 billion in savings from the original budget plans advanced in each chamber. “Negotiations are underway. We’ve got to cut $22 billion out of our mark in the Senate,” Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), chair of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, told the Hill. “We understand this won’t be easy …

Changing Fortunes at Ohio Guard Base Reflect Dispute among Air Force Components

  • December 18, 2013
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A story in Tuesday’s Washington Post chronicling the evolving mission of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard points to the larger question of how the Air Force will allocate looming force structure cuts among its active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve components. Of course, others will have a say as well, including the Pentagon and Congress. One key milestone is the February deadline for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, mandated by Congress, to weigh in on the relative roles of the three components …

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