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Posts Tagged ‘deficit reduction’

El Paso Leaders Paint Dire Economic Picture under Potential Army Troop Cuts

  • August 14, 2014
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The potential loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at Fort Bliss as the Army contemplate a second round of personnel cuts would have a devastating impact on El Paso’s economy, a group of local leaders testified Wednesday during a hearing of the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs. The worst case scenario the Army is considering for Bliss could lead to a near 40 percent vacancy in apartment rentals, far worse than what occurred when the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment relocated to Fort Carson in the mid-1990s, testified Rick Soto, executive director of the El Paso Apartment Association. “The numbers are pretty staggering, and would create a domino effect,” said Soto, who estimated a loss of half a billion dollars to the local economy …

Dayton Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Ties to Wright-Patterson

  • August 7, 2014
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The Dayton Development Coalition is forming a regional collaborative to strengthen links between southwestern Ohio and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a broad effort to help the installation weather pending budget cuts. The Dayton Regional Military Collaborative will be aimed at a wide variety of issues, including shared infrastructure, health care, cyber, aerospace and workforce, said Maurice McDonald, the coalition’s executive vice president of defense and aerospace …

Leaders Urge Residents to Stay Engaged as Army Considers Potential Cuts at Aberdeen

  • August 5, 2014
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At a public forum on Monday, officials in northeastern Maryland underscored the need for area residents to both understand how the personnel cuts contemplated for Aberdeen Proving Ground could harm the surrounding community and demonstrate their support for the installation as the Army considers how to eliminate up to 70,000 soldiers for a second time this decade. “We need you to sign this declaration [of support], we need you to submit your comments, and we need you to become an informed defense community,” said Harford County Executive David Craig …

Support Group Highlights Ft. Leonard Wood’s Strengths

  • August 3, 2014
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Fort Leonard Wood faces a loss of up to 5,400 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s next round of personnel cuts, but officials in central Missouri are confident the post’s tradition of military training and the surrounding region’s resources will work in the installation’s favor. “We know cuts are coming, but we are also continuing to advocate for new missions and to find ways to show the Army that Fort Leonard Wood is the best place to continue to train the warfighter and to do business,” said Joe Driskill, executive director of Sustainable Ozarks Partnership …

Ft. Sill under Scrutiny as Army Considers Second Round of Personnel Cuts

  • July 29, 2014
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Fort Sill was largely unscathed following the Army’s first round of cuts which were designed to shrink the service’s active-duty end strength from 562,000 to 490,000 by fiscal year 2015. The restructuring announced in June 2013, which resulted in the elimination of brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations, only called for a reduction of 546 soldiers at the Lawton, Okla., post. A second round of cuts needed to bring the Army down to a force as small as 420,000 soldiers, evaluated in a supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month, analyzes a maximum reduction at the installation of 6,022 soldiers and 820 civilians …

Ft. Hood Should Be Shielded from Next Round of Army Cuts, Support Group Official Says

  • July 27, 2014
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Because it ranks as one of the Army’s top installations based on military value, Fort Hood is unlikely to suffer a worst-case scenario loss of 14,606 soldiers and 1,394 civilians when the service determines how to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020, according to the head of the post’s community-based support group. “They will objectively analyze the effect a base has on its surrounding area, and the area’s deemed high military value will be unaffected by major changes,” Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, said Thursday at a meeting of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. In fact, the central Texas post could grow if the Pentagon were to conduct a new round of base closures, he said …

House Readiness Chair Reiterates Stance on New BRAC Round

  • July 23, 2014
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At a summit on maintaining military readiness under spending constraints, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, reiterated his position that Congress shouldn’t consider approving a new round of base closures until the Pentagon clarifies the future direction of force structure and its objectives for the next BRAC. “And if we’re going to get this right, we need to finish some things, we need to understand where’s end strength going to end up, how are we going to properly resource in the face of sequester, in the face of transitioning out of [the overseas contingency operations account] …

State Leads Effort to Highlight Assets at Ft. Leavenworth

  • July 22, 2014
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The Kansas Governor’s Military Council is working closely with elected officials and community leaders in northeastern Kansas to make the case for protecting Fort Leavenworth in the face of the Army’s latest effort to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released by the Army last month evaluated a maximum reduction at Leavenworth of 1,789 soldiers and 735 civilians. “The significance is huge,” said John Armbrust, the council’s executive director …

Central Kentucky Officials Seek Community Support to Fend off Cuts at Ft. Knox

  • July 21, 2014
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Local and state officials in Kentucky’s Heartland are urging residents in communities neighboring Fort Knox to write the Army in support of the post as the service considers where to eliminate personnel as it further shrinks its active-duty end strength. “We need the public’s help in making our case,” said Brad Richardson, president and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the group One Knox. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released by the Army last month evaluated a maximum reduction at Fort Knox of 5,954 soldiers and 1,651 civilians …

Appropriations Panel Blocks Most Cost-Saving Reforms

  • July 17, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that rejects many of the Pentagon’s cost-savings proposals intended to comply with the Budget Control Act spending caps. The measure blocks DOD’s plan to slash subsidies for military grocery stores by $200 million in FY 2015; however, it embraced one of the department’s reforms — limiting housing allowances below the rate of inflation. The plan to slow the growth in the basic allowance for housing would save $8.8 billion in personnel costs over the next five years, according to a committee summary of the spending bill …

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