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Sequester Relief Likely Best Hope for Budget Committee, Reid Says

  • October 24, 2013
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The most ambitious result that can be expected from the House-Senate budget conference is an agreement to address automatic spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday, discouraging hopes that a “grand bargain” deficit reduction deal that reforms entitlement programs and generates new tax revenue is possible. “There is not going to be a grand bargain,” said Reid …

Army to Reduce Headquarters Staffing by 25 Percent

  • October 23, 2013
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In an effort to find additional savings that can help maintain the service’s force structure, Army Secretary John McHugh has directed senior Army officials to pare headquarters staffs by 25 percent rather than the 20 percent cut Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for. “The chief and I felt very strongly that headquarters reduction was a place that we could just do things more smartly and do it with fewer people,” said McHugh …

Army May Conduct New Analysis to Assess Impacts of Further Downsizing

  • October 23, 2013
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Army officials are reviewing whether they need to launch a new comprehensive environmental analysis of the impacts associated with drops in the service’s end strength below the 490,000 active-duty soldiers it plans to have by fiscal 2015. At the same time officials are evaluating whether further reductions in force structure will be needed, they will determine whether the assessment completed earlier this year for the initial set of changes can be used as the basis for the next set, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

Army Looks to Shared Services Authority for Long-Term Benefits

  • October 23, 2013
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Senior Army installation officials are eager for community and garrison leaders to identify potential opportunities to share municipal services and other base support functions, but at the same time are emphasizing the need to move forward deliberately to ensure the initiative is carried out on a sound legal basis. At a media briefing held in conjunction with the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, on Wednesday indicated the Army has high hopes for the savings that intergovernmental support agreements between installations and local government could generate, particularly in light of the growing pressure on the military’s budget for installation support …

Services to Prepare Separate FY’15 Budgets

  • October 22, 2013
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In a nod to the strong likelihood that sequestration isn’t going away anytime soon, the military services and defense agencies are preparing separate fiscal 2015 budget proposals for Congress. One will assume the deep spending cuts remain, while the other will assume Congress somehow reaches a deal to reverse them, reported CQ …

No Shortage of Interest on Budget Conference in Replacing Defense Cuts

  • October 22, 2013
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Advocates for defense spending from both parties on the House-Senate budget conference will be striving to reach agreement on a mechanism to avoid slashing DOD’s fiscal 2014 budget $20 billion below last year’s level. The FY 2014 continuing resolution signed last week continues spending on defense programs at the FY 2013 figure of $518 billion, but the 2011 Budget Control Act caps such spending this year at $498 billion …

After Young’s Death, Frelinghuysen Is Frontrunner for Defense Gavel

  • October 21, 2013
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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) is seen as the most likely candidate to chair the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, CQ reported. The position is vacant after the Oct. 18 passing of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), who had served as the subcommittee’s top Republican since 2005…

Army to Speed Up Drawdown, Report Says

  • October 21, 2013
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The Army will have to accelerate its plans to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet new fiscal demands, the Army Times reported. The major restructuring, originally a four-year plan, will now take place over the next two years, according to the article…

McHugh: Army Needs ‘Some Predictability’ for Budget Planning

  • October 21, 2013
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Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday that sequestration and the lack of a federal budget will continue to gut the service’s budget and all its acquisitions. “We have robbed Peter to pay Paul. Then Paul got furloughed,” McHugh told the annual…

Public Outreach Events Reinstated, But at Reduced Levels

  • October 20, 2013
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The services will resume community and public outreach activities in the current fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced operating level, according to a memo issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Many community and public outreach activities — such as air shows, band appearances, port visits and service weeks — were cancelled entirely earlier this year to mitigate the impact of sequestration. The cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal 2014 …

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