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Senate Coalition Moves to Block Army National Guard Changes

  • May 7, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 19 senators introduced legislation to preserve much of the Army National Guard’s combat aviation mission until an independent commission reviews a proposal from the Army to transfer the Guard’s 192 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. The measure — introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), co-chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus — also would bar the Army’s plans to trim the size of the Guard from 350,000 to 335,000 soldiers by fiscal 2017 …

House Committee Rebuffs BRAC Request

  • May 7, 2014
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The House Armed Services Committee approved language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill rejecting the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 during its day-long markup Wednesday of the annual policy measure. The vote was set in motion last week when the Readiness Subcommittee included a prohibition on conducting additional base closure rounds in its portion of the bill, and reinforced when Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) endorsed the ban on new BRACs earlier this week. At the same time the bill, which still was being debated Wednesday night, includes language calling for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures — a possible first step toward a new BRAC …

Army Begins Analysis to Decide Where Additional Units Will Be Eliminated

  • May 6, 2014
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Army officials are gathering data at 30 installations that could lose more than 10,000 soldiers when the service’s end strength falls to 450,000 soldiers or fewer. The data will be used to assess the socioeconomic impact of possible cuts to installations and their surrounding communities, Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier, director of force management, told Army Times. A reduction to a total force of 980,000 soldiers — including 450,000 in the active Army, 335,000 in the Army National Guard, and 195,000 in the Army Reserve — is slated to be carried out by fiscal year 2017 …

Lawmakers to Offer New Plan for Reviewing Army’s Restructuring Proposal

  • May 6, 2014
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The sponsors of a House bill that would suspend the Army’s plan to shift the National Guard’s 192 Apache attack helicopters to active-duty units plan to offer an alternative plan today when the House Armed Services Committee marks up its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.), still would freeze the Army’s plan to move the Apaches, reports CQ Roll Call. In addition, it would limit the Army’s plan to reduce the end strength of its active forces and the National Guard until the Pentagon completes an analysis of the changes …

Smith Proposal Would Reform BRAC Process

  • May 6, 2014
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An amendment that Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to offer to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approving a new BRAC round will call for a variety of reforms intended to address lawmakers’ most common criticisms of the base closure process. “Given that the last BRAC round transformed more than it closed and has cost more and saved less than original estimates, members of Congress have justifiable reservations about giving the Department of Defense authority to conduct another round …

Massachusetts Reserve Base Losing Aircraft, Personnel

  • May 6, 2014
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Westover Air Reserve Base in western Massachusetts will lose half its C-5 cargo planes starting in March 2015 and about 335 personnel beginning in October 2015, officials announced last week. Eight of the 439th Airlift Wing’s 16 transport aircraft will relocate to Joint Base San Antonio as part of an upgrade of the C-5 fleet, reported Air Force Times. The wing is expected to lose 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 reservists. The move, a consequence of budget cuts, will not mean the end of the air wing or the base. “We’ll remain strong. It’s a wonderful base, we have great support from the community and we plan on being here for the long haul,” said Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing.

Subcommittee Requests Report on Benefits of Recommendations Promoting Joint Activities

  • May 5, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee remains concerned that BRAC 2005 recommendations requiring the services to merge or consolidate functions to operate more jointly were not effectively carried out, obviating cost-saving opportunities, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. To evaluate the benefits of DOD actions to implement recommendations intended to reduce infrastructure and promote “jointness,” the panel directs the Government Accountability Office to prepare a report …

Chairman’s Mark Derides Administration’s Repeated BRAC Requests

  • May 5, 2014
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In endorsing last week’s decision by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee to reject DOD’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) made clear the reasons he opposes additional realignments and closures. “The committee maintains its long held concern that BRAC rounds do not yield true savings but rather impose large upfront costs only then to shift property between federal agencies,” according to the committee’s summary of its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill …

Committee Chair Rejects DOD’s Compensation Reforms; Adjusts A-10 Fleet Retirement

  • May 5, 2014
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The full committee portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill rejects most of the Obama administration’s proposed reforms to military benefits, including plans to slash subsidies for commissaries and slow increases in the basic allowance for housing. The chairman’s mark rejects other cost-saving reforms in the Pentagon’s FY 2015 budget as well, including plans to retire the Navy’s 11th aircraft carrier and to hold a new BRAC round in 2017. The legislation, however, embraces in part the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft …

Milcon Bill Becomes Vehicle for House to Block Cost-Cutting Measures

  • May 4, 2014
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A new BRAC round wasn’t the only cost-saving measure House lawmakers voted to block last week during debate over the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The House also approved an amendment barring the Defense Department from closing any commissaries. That amendment, passed by voice vote, was introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) in response to the Pentagon’s proposal to reduce the direct subsidy for commissaries by $1 billion over three years. The funding reduction would slash the average savings on groceries from 30 percent to 10 percent …

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