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Posts Tagged ‘deficit reduction’

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 …

Senate Panel Votes to Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • July 15, 2014
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The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that allocates $338 million in funding to keep the A-10 close air support aircraft flying and reject the Air Force’s proposal to retire its Warthog fleet. The Air Force has said eliminating the A-10 would save $4.2 billion over the next five years, but Tuesday’s vote marks the latest indication that Congress will keep the aircraft flying next year. The House Appropriations Committee had embraced the retirement plan, but House lawmakers last month overwhelmingly voted to reverse that decision …

Wittman Tries to Raise the Profile of ‘Readiness’

  • July 15, 2014
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The budget accounts that fund military readiness, operation and maintenance, typically suffer disproportionate cuts when the defense budget needs to be trimmed in the near term because other accounts often are tied up in long-term spending commitments. But while operation accounts are seen as a convenient place to take budget cuts, Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman (R), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, would like to change that perception, especially as the Pentagon needs to cope with steeper cuts in the coming years …

Air Force Plan for New Installation Support Center Still under Development

  • July 15, 2014
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Further details about the organization the Air Force plans to establish to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities across the service are not yet available as the strategy and implementation plans for the activity are still being developed, a spokesman said Tuesday. Officials on Monday announced plans to stand up the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center as part of a larger effort to streamline overhead to meet a Pentagon directive to trim costs and staff levels by 20 percent. At this point, the Air Force has not set a timeline for establishing the new support center …

Local Official Expresses Confidence Ft. Lee Will Survive Next Round of Army Cuts

  • July 14, 2014
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The Army is considering reducing the number of soldiers and civilians at Fort Lee, Va., by up to 3,600 personnel, but because of recent investments in the installation and the nature of its mission, any reductions imposed likely would be significantly smaller in magnitude, according to a local planning official. “Because of the budget constraints in Washington, they are taking a hard look at, where do they go in the future,” Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater Planning District, told the Progress-Index. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much because the mission at Fort Lee is still basically the same …

Air Force Realignment to Trim Headquarters Staffing

  • July 14, 2014
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The Air Force will deactivate and realign organizations at its headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies as part of a cost-cutting effort that would eliminate 3,459 positions at headquarters across the service, officials announced Monday. The changes, a result of a comprehensive effort to reduce overhead costs, increase efficiencies, eliminate redundant activities and improve effectiveness and business processes, will help the service meet a Pentagon directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent. The reorganization is projected to save $1.6 billion in the next five years …

Air Force Reveals Plan to Consolidate Installation Support

  • July 14, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday outlined its plan to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities within a newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Officials have not yet determined where the new center, which will report to Air Force Materiel Command, will be located. The move was announced by officials as part of a larger reorganization of the service’s headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies designed to save $1.6 billion over five years …

North Country Officials Focus on Potential School Cuts Triggered by Army Drawdown

  • July 13, 2014
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Under the worst-case scenario considered by the Army in its analysis of the impacts of trimming its active-duty end strength to 420,000, Fort Drum, N.Y., would lose up to 16,000 personnel. If the full reductions were realized, the economic consequences would overwhelm the region as the post’s total population of soldiers and civilians is only 19,000. Similarly, such an outcome would devastate area schools that support Fort Drum personnel, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in enrollment at public schools and a one-third cut in the number of students at the community college in neighboring Watertown …

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