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Senior Lawmakers Warn DOD ahead of New Guam Realignment Plan

  • April 24, 2012
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Three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including the top Democrat and Republican, repeated their concerns Tuesday that the Pentagon has yet to answer questions about the cost, military sustainment and force management, and overall strategy for the Asia-Pacific region after being briefed on a new agreement between the United States and Japan on the planned move of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. “We require additional information regarding how this proposal relates to the broader strategic concept of operations in the region, the Marine Corps’ concept of operations, master plans and alternatives to base realignments on Guam and Okinawa, as well as the positioning of U.S. Air Force units in the Asia-Pacific region …

Scope of Guam Realignment Down to 4,000 Marines, Reports Say

  • April 23, 2012
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U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed that only 4,000 Marines will move from Okinawa to Guam, a drop from a revised understanding reached earlier this year, according to reports in the Japanese media. In February, the two nations scaled down their original plan to relocate 8,000-plus Marines and their families to Guam. At the time, DOD officials indicated only 4,700 Marines would move …

Smaller Realignment Could Greatly Ease Buildup on Guam, Officials Believe

  • April 4, 2012
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The recent decision by the U.S. and Japanese governments to scale down the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam could obviate the need to construct a new base there, two Guam officials suggested. Reducing the number of Marines moving to Guam from 8,600 to 4,700 could allow the contingent to be based at Naval Base Guam, especially since some of the troops are expected to be rotational …

Japan to Increase Funding for Guam Realignment

  • April 2, 2012
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The Japanese government has agreed to increase its direct contribution for the relocation of an estimated 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam by $700 million to $3.5 billion. The U.S. government asked for the higher contribution in February, a request Japan had resisted until now. The increased commitment from Japan comes even as DOD has scaled down the scope of the realignment, which until recently had called for 8,600 Marines to move …

New Impact Study Could Further Delay Guam Realignment

  • April 1, 2012
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The change in scope of the planned realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam most likely will require a new environmental impact statement, possibly resulting in a significant delay, according to testimony last week by the Navy’s installations chief. Japan and U.S. officials are in talks over the details of the reshaped plan now calling for only 4,700 Marines to relocate to Guam, down from 8,600 …

Automatic Spending Cuts Would Jeopardize Guam Realignment, Analysts Say

  • March 26, 2012
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The planned move of 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam likely would be abandoned if $500 billion in automatic cuts to defense spending are imposed starting next January, according to defense analysts. “There is no doubt the Marine movement to Guam would be scrapped under sequestration,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, defense analyst at the American Enterprise Institute …

Marines’ Relocation to Guam Still Years Away

  • February 29, 2012
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The island of Guam will not have adequate infrastructure to accommodate the realignment of an estimated 4,700 Marines from Okinawa for at least several years, reports Stars and Stripes. One holdup is the need to select a site to build training ranges for the Marines. An environmental study recently started by the Navy to evaluate potential sites is scheduled to be completed in early 2014 …

Officials Point to Smaller Number of Marines Moving to Guam

  • February 9, 2012
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DOD plans to move only 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam after the U.S. and Japanese governments this week reworked an earlier agreement governing the realignment, Guam officials have been told by the Navy. “We expect that Guam will receive 4,700 Marines, but the exact laydown and mixture of those forces has yet to be formalized …

Marine Corps Realignment No Longer Linked to Futenma Progress

  • February 8, 2012
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The relocation of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam no longer will be linked to Japan’s effort to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, surmounting one of the key obstacles to the realignment. “We decided to choose to reduce Okinawa’s burden as much as possible rather than being stuck in a stalemate by sticking to an earlier package …

U.S., Japan Revisiting Guam Realignment Plan, Officials Confirm

  • February 7, 2012
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DOD said Tuesday that U.S. and Japanese officials met to discuss changes to the current plan to move 8,600-plus Marines from Okinawa to Guam, but insisted than no decisions have been made yet to scale back the number of troops that would be stationed in Guam. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that President Obama planned to cut the number of Marines moving to Guam to about 4,500 …

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