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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 …

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 …

Following Cuts at Ft. Benning, Chamber Launches Campaign to Overturn Budget Caps

  • July 14, 2015
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The Greater Columbus (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce is launching an initiative to eliminate the statutory caps on defense spending which prompted the Army last week to outline how it would eliminate 40,000 troops, including 3,400 at Fort Benning, by the end of fiscal 2018, the chamber said Monday. The chamber will pursue an aggressive campaign through a variety of elements, including public service ads on TV, radio and billboards; a website that will have updates, articles and videos; and an online petition in support of Fort Benning. The effort is intended to protect the post and the surrounding region from future cutbacks spurred by the Budget Control Act limits, as well as highlight its unique assets …

Executives Concerned about Impact of Ft. Benning Cuts on Local Real Estate Market

  • July 12, 2015
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The conversion of a brigade combat team at Fort Benning into a much smaller maneuver battalion task force as the Army eliminates 40,000 active-duty soldiers over the next three years will harm most sectors of the economy of Columbus, Ga., and surrounding areas. Real estate executives are particularly concerned about the pending loss of 3,402 soldiers at the post. “When you talk about 3,400 troops and then the civilians that will go with that, probably around 2,000, it’s pretty devastating to the apartment investment community,” said Will White, a partner in the Columbus-based apartment development and management company Greystone Properties …

Four Installations Slated for Modest Gains under Army Restructuring

  • July 12, 2015
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With only six installations slated to lose more than 1,000 soldiers as a result of the Army’s latest round of restructuring, many of the 30 communities bracing for severe cuts in personnel were greatly relieved that local installations would suffer a reduction of no more than 400 military personnel. “Today’s announcement could have been much worse, in light of the president’s plan to reduce our military end strength by 40,000 troops,” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said last week after the Army announced that Fort Polk would lose 388 soldiers …

Summer Announcement on Army Downsizing Could Influence Congressional, DOD Deliberations

  • July 12, 2015
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The Army’s announcement as to what installations would absorb the loss of 40,000 soldiers to accommodate discretionary spending caps may have been timed to produce a favorable outcome for the service when lawmakers begin taking up the defense budget, according to several analysts. “One likely reason for the timing is they’re trying to refocus attention on themselves and the cut in hopes of maybe getting this cut reversed or preventing additional ones,” Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told CQ Roll Call. Beyond the debate in Congress over fiscal 2016 defense appropriations and next year’s authorization bill, the Army also is looking to influence Pentagon discussions over initial drafts of the FY 2017 budget …

Communities Likely to Recover from Loss of Military Presence, Researcher Says

  • July 12, 2015
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As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato Institute researcher highlights the ability of regions coping with significant cuts in military spending to bounce back. “Communities do adapt and recover, some more quickly than others, and many emerge after the transition period with a robust and more diversified economic base,” Christopher Preble, Cato’s vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, writes in a blog post. Preble’s preliminary conclusion comes at approximately the midway point of a research project assessing how communities responded after local bases were closed through either the BRAC process or other means. He also is looking at the impact of the closure of privately owned and operated facilities that primarily supplied DOD customers …

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