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Posts Tagged ‘deficit reduction’

Member-Led Efforts to Solve Sequestration Yield Little in Results

  • July 21, 2015
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Lawmakers regularly tout their participation in behind-the-scenes talks to produce a bipartisan plan to lift the statutory spending caps on defense and domestic spending, but the reality is very little progress has been made, reports CQ. A group led by Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.), for example, has been meeting since earlier this year to resolve what McCain said was his number one priority when he took the panel’s gavel in January. Beyond talking, it’s not clear if the group has made any headway. “It would be a good idea,” McCain said of completing a plan. “But first you’ve got to agree on what to put out there. That’s why these endless discussions go on …

Army Cuts Could Place Housing Bonds at Risk, Ratings Agency Says

  • July 19, 2015
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The Army’s latest round of restructuring, which is designed to shrink the service’s end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018, could pose a long-term risk for military housing bonds, Fitch Ratings said last week. The 8 percent reduction in Army personnel will not present a short-term risk, however, as only five installations affected by the changes secure Fitch-rated bonds, according to a press release. Four of the five posts are slated to lose about 5 to 6 percent of their military personnel. The fifth is set to experience a slight gain in population …

Anchorage Officials Temper Forecast of Army Cuts’ Impact

  • July 17, 2015
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Following last week’s announcement that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson would lose 2,631 soldiers — 59 percent of the Army’s population — over the next two years, local economists feared the realignment would deliver a serious blow to the region’s economy. “It’s going to take a big chunk out of the Anchorage economy,” Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Alaska Dispatch News. The area could lose 6,000 jobs — including direct and indirect — and likely send the economy into a recession, Goldsmith predicted …

Army Cutbacks Based on Comprehensive Analysis, McHugh Says

  • July 16, 2015
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The stationing decisions the Army announced last week needed to shrink the service’s active-duty end strength by 40,000 soldiers were based on months of analysis covering an array of factors including the time it takes to deploy soldiers and the strategic location of installations, Secretary John McHugh said Wednesday. “We came out with a ranking, and the decisions that we made were driven in very large measure by those rankings,” McHugh told Syracuse.com. “So it was not just an exercise in whimsy. It was a very precise process, as it should be …

It’s Time to ‘Fortify Our Bases,’ New Jersey Officials Say

  • July 16, 2015
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With the looming threat of a new BRAC round or the loss of critical missions due to belt-tightening at the Pentagon, New Jersey needs to take steps now to strengthen its installations, according to an op-ed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) that appeared in the Record on Wednesday. “The time has come to face the threat of BRAC and take earnest steps to avoid closure or mission loss,” the two said. “BRAC and mission realignments short of a full BRAC are a threat, and New Jersey must position itself in the best possible manner against it.” Last week, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force released a series of recommendations designed to shield the state’s four installations — Picatinny Arsenal, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Naval Weapons Station Earle and the 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City — from downsizing …

McCain Worried about President’s Veto Threat on Policy Bill

  • July 16, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill includes critical reforms to the military retirement system and DOD’s procurement process and will require drastic reductions in headquarters and management personnel, but it may not become law since President Obama has threatened to veto it, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said during remarks delivered at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he received the most recent threat during a phone call with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, reported Stars and Stripes. “So, we just have a difference of opinion,” he said. “I am very concerned the president will veto it. It is a great concern to me …

Army Cuts Cover Small Facilities, Overseas Locations

  • July 15, 2015
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The Army has provided additional information about where the 40,000 military personnel it is eliminating as its shrinks its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018 will come from. About 2,300 of the positions will come from personnel based overseas, including 699 coming from Europe, 533 from South Korea and 71 from Japan, reported Stars and Stripes. Cuts at the 30 U.S. installations that were the focus of last week’s announcement about the service’s latest force reduction accounted for less than 20,000 personnel. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said an additional 746 positions will be eliminated from over 300 small installations across the United States, some representing just a single position at a recruiting office …

Fort Bragg Airlift Unit Earns Yearlong Extension, Air Force Says

  • July 15, 2015
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Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing earned a reprieve until at least fall 2016 as a direct result of efforts by North Carolina’s congressional delegation to save the Air Force Reserve unit based at Pope Field. The 440th, which flies C-130 aircraft to support airborne units based at Fort Bragg, had been slated to be inactivated in September in a belt-tightening move. A spokesman for Air Force Reserve Command said multiple provisions in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill would mean the Air Force would need more time before it could eliminate the airlift wing, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Under an amendment sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R) in the Senate version, the 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command would need to certify that the loss of the 440th would not harm training before the unit could be deactivated …

Local Officials Prepare for Cutbacks at Ft. Hood

  • July 15, 2015
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After learning last week that Fort Hood would lose 9 percent of its military population as the Army continues to downsize, officials in central Texas began to address the likely impacts. On Monday, a spokesperson for Killeen said the city had taken into account the pending personnel cutbacks and had budgeted accordingly. “There will absolutely be an impact. Everybody is being conservative,” spokesperson Hillary Shine told KXXV. The school district could experience a drop in enrollment and associated funding from the federal government, but the school system had not yet come up with an estimate of the likely changes …

How Low Can the Army Go?

  • July 14, 2015
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Last week’s news that the Army would shrink its active-duty end strength by 40,000 soldiers to a level of 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018 elicited sharp criticism from lawmakers about the dangers posed by the reduction and warnings from top Pentagon officials about the risk associated with further cuts. Outside experts, including retired military officers, have conflicting views as to whether the Army can be trimmed from its current size without jeopardizing its ability to fulfill its missions, according to an analysis by CQ. A force of 450,000 is the floor for maintaining “some ability to actually do any kind of stabilization operation” abroad for multiple years with multiple rotations of troops, Paul Scharre, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told CQ. It’s a “really naive viewpoint” to believe the armed forces will not engage in another extended ground campaign …

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