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Lawmakers Urge Armed Services Panel to Address Air National Guard Cuts

  • April 17, 2012
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House lawmakers took advantage of the opportunity offered Tuesday by the Armed Services Committee for non-committee members to discuss their priorities for the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill by calling for the panel to quash planned force structure reductions included in the Air Force’s fiscal 2013 budget request that fall heavily on the Air National Guard. Iowa Rep. Tom Latham questioned the Air Force’s proposal to eliminate the Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing based in Des Moines, saying the decision would result in an irreversible loss of expertise and experience of Guard personnel who fly and maintain the F-16 …

BRAC 2005 Presented Commission, DOD with Numerous Challenges

  • March 11, 2012
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DOD encountered an array of challenges in implementing BRAC 2005 recommendations, contributing to a base closure round that stood out from the previous four, Brian Lepore, director of defense capabilities and management for GAO, told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee last week. In contrast to previous rounds which were primarily intended to reduce excess infrastructure, the 2005 round focused on transforming the military and fostering jointness …

Legislation Would Help Position Huntsville for Future BRAC Round

  • March 7, 2012
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Two measures moving in the Alabama legislature could raise the prospect that the Huntsville region’s Redstone Arsenal attracts new missions in a future round of base closures. Senate Bill 245 would make it easier for school systems to qualify for special renovation or construction bonds available to schools affected by mission growth resulting from BRAC 2005 …

‘No Appetite for BRAC,’ Hutchison Says

  • March 1, 2012
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“There is no appetite for BRAC [in Congress],” Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison told a delegation of San Antonio business leaders Tuesday. But if there were a new round of base closures, Hutchison said, Texas’ installations are in good shape …

New Community Support Funding Proposed for OEA

  • February 13, 2012
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OEA would assist communities affected by the loss of weapons manufacturing jobs as well as those preparing to accommodate an influx of troops returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, under the fiscal 2013 budget request DOD released Monday. The request includes $12.0 million to support reductions in force structure and weapons procurement throughout the nation, funding needed so that OEA can help affected communities coordinate a local, state and federal response …

Business Parks outside Ft. Bragg Slow to Develop

  • January 30, 2012
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Since 2009, Fayetteville, N.C., has been among the nation’s leaders in several economic indicators, yet economic growth in Cumberland County, which borders Fort Bragg’s southeastern perimeter, has failed to meet expectations regarding the impact of BRAC, reports the Fayetteville Observer. Projections that the addition of Forces Command and Reserve Command to Bragg would attract 1,000 defense contractors remain unfilled …

El Paso Leaders Contemplate Coming BRAC Round

  • January 17, 2012
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Despite the overwhelming amount of growth that has come to Fort Bliss as a result of BRAC 2005, El Paso officials are getting ready to defend the installation in the event a new round of base closures is announced. “At this point, we want to create a sense of urgency. As far as economic development is concerned, this is an extremely high priority …

Secretary Applauds El Paso’s Contribution to Growth, Deployments

  • January 16, 2012
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Secretary Leon Panetta last week thanked elected officials and business leaders in El Paso for supporting the soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, as well as the $5 billion construction campaign carried out over the past five years to prepare the post for the arrival of thousands of new service members. “We can’t do it alone. … Defending America is a team effort. It’s a joint effort on the part of our troops and their families, but it also includes the people of communities like El Paso …

Experts Debate Impact of Budget Cuts at Ft. Bragg

  • January 11, 2012
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Fort Bragg, home of Army Special Operations Command and two new commands due to BRAC, likely will experience fewer budget cuts than other installations as the Defense Department identifies $487 billion in spending cuts over the coming decade. One national security analyst, however, believes Bragg could suffer the loss of a substantial mission if DOD is forced to absorb additional cuts of up to $500 billion …

Cyber Commands to Bring 2,800 Jobs to Ft. Meade

  • January 10, 2012
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Fort Meade will gain a total of 2,800 workers due to the growth of U.S. Cyber Command headquarters and the services’ own cyber activities, according to new data released by Anne Arundel County, Md. About 1,000 workers are expected by the end of fall 2012 at the installation located between Baltimore and Washington, and an additional 1,800 are expected by the end of 2016 …

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