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Local Support Groups Launch Effort to Oppose Budget Cuts

  • October 6, 2015
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The community-based support groups for Fort Polk, La., and Fort Campbell, Ky., on Monday announced a campaign to fight budget-driven cuts in the Army’s force structure. The two groups, Fort Polk Progress and Friends of Fort Campbell, are hoping to gain the support of other Army communities as well. “The goal of our newly-formed coalition is to not only meet our fellow Army community leaders, but to exchange ideas and to find a consensus around protecting active-duty Army force structure,” said Jim Durrett, mayor of Montgomery County, Tenn. …

Lawmakers Urge Army Commission to Broaden Study Scope

  • October 4, 2015
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Two Republicans on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee have written the National Commission on the Future of the Army out of concern that it has defined the scope of its mission too narrowly. In a letter dated Sept. 30, Reps. Kay Granger (Texas) and Steve Womack (Ark.) said they “have some concerns with the conduct of the commission itself. It seems that the scope and breadth of the commission’s work is narrower than Congress directed. The commission appears to be focused on small, incremental changes rather than comprehensive changes …

Compromise Authorization Bill Calls for Excess Capacity Study

  • September 30, 2015
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The Defense Department would be required to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity in DOD, according to the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill released Tuesday. The bill language does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round, but a summary acknowledges that a new capacity study is needed in light of the department’s repeated requests to hold a new round of base closures. “The conferees are mindful of DOD concerns that excess basing capacity is a financial drag on the department,” according to a summary from the House Armed Services Committee …

Online Campaign Aims to Send Washington a Message about Dangers Posed by Army Cuts

  • September 27, 2015
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Columbus, Ga., leaders are pursuing an online campaign to persuade Congress to undo stringent budget cuts forcing the Army to shrink to levels that could jeopardize the nation’s security interests. The campaign is a response to the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which will trim its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018. “We can tell our story and make sure everyone understands that the size of our military is not being designed by strategy,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military affairs for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Anchorage Picks up OEA Grant to Mitigate Cuts at JB Elmendorf-Richardson

  • September 25, 2015
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DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment has awarded Anchorage a $273,452 grant to support the city’s response to the loss of 2,631 soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during the latest round of Army restructuring. The funds will be used to hire a project coordinator to assess the economic impact of the personnel cuts and to craft a plan to mitigate them, reported Alaska Dispatch News. “We will continue working with the governor and our congressional delegation to halt these harmful cuts and reductions, but that will not stop us from properly planning for any potential economic setbacks,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz …

More Cuts Coming, Ft. Jackson Commander Says

  • September 18, 2015
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Fort Jackson, which the Army announced in July will lose 180 soldiers by 2017, could suffer additional cuts between 2017 and 2019, Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr., the commanding general of the central South Carolina post, said Thursday. “There will be another round of reductions,” Cloutier said. Those likely will include civilian workers. The Army is expected to announce shortly how a reduction in 17,000 civilian workers will be distributed across the force. In July when the Army announced a restructuring needed to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers, officials said an analysis of what installations would be affected by civilian cutbacks would be completed in September …

Lawmakers Place Hold on DOD Nominee to Protest Army Force Reductions

  • September 13, 2015
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Congressional delegations from several states have vowed to fight the Army’s restructuring plan announced in July to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers, pressuring the Army to better explain its rationale for the cuts and placing a hold on a senior Pentagon nominee. Most recently, Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R), the Senate’s assistant majority leader, became the latest senator to place a hold on the president’s nominee to be DOD’s top congressional liaison, an aide to Cornyn announced Friday. Last month Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz (R), and three other Texas Republicans — Reps. John Carter, Kay Granger and Roger Williams — wrote Army Secretary John McHugh to criticize the personnel reductions slated for Forts Hood (3,350 soldiers) and Bliss (1,219 soldiers) …

Army Commission Aims to More Closely Link Active, Reserve Components

  • September 9, 2015
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One aim of the National Commission on the Future of the Army will be to craft recommendations to help the active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve work together more effectively. “Fractures between the three components of the Army are unhealthy,” Carter Ham, the retired Army general who heads the commission, told the Gazette during the panel’s visit last week to Colorado Springs. “It is the total force of the Army that has to work in concert.” The solution may require a radical redesign of each of the components, he said. The commission likely will call for a larger role for part-time troops as the Army shrinks its active-duty force to 450,000 soldiers …

Departures Slated to Begin Shortly at Ft. Benning

  • September 7, 2015
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Less than two months after the Army outlined a restructuring plan for shrinking its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers, the post slated to suffer the largest cut is preparing for its first departures. Soldiers will begin leaving Fort Benning, Ga., this month, with departures continuing over the next nine months, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) said during a visit last week to the headquarters for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (ID). The Army is converting the unit to an infantry battalion task force. “I can’t give you the exact date,” Isakson, accompanied by Reps. Tom Graves (R) and Austin Scott (R), told reporters. “They are making the plans now …

Congress Needs to Reconsider BRAC Stance, O’Hanlon Argues

  • September 2, 2015
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Lawmakers have resisted many of the cost-saving reforms proposed by the Pentagon in recent years to cope with tight fiscal constraints, including its request to hold one or more rounds of base closures. With the economy improved, though, Congress should rethink its opposition to the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues in a commentary published by the National Interest. After DOD conducted five rounds of closures through 2005 — saving up to $12 billion annually — Congress has soured on the process, even as DOD estimates it has at least 20 percent more infrastructure than needed for a force structure reduced by 40 percent since the Cold War …

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