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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Services Cite Installation Support as Priority in ‘Wish Lists’

  • March 31, 2015
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The Pentagon’s list of priorities that failed to make the fiscal 2016 budget request is heavy on weapons modernization and readiness needs, but it also includes installations support and quality-of-life programs. In his letter to the congressional defense committees accompanying the department’s “wish list,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned lawmakers that these items — costing more than $20 billion — should not be funded unless Congress matches the amount requested in in the president’s regular budget proposal. “Any extra program inserted into our budget submission will come at the expense of other programs we deemed more important, with ripple effects across the rest of the budget …

Personnel, Spending Cuts Hurt Army Communities, Halverson Says

  • March 31, 2015
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Budget uncertainties resulting from stringent spending caps are hurting defense communities, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management and commander of the Army’s Installation Management Command, testified on Capitol Hill last month. “Current funding requires installations to scale back or cancel service contracts that employ people in local communities and requiring installations to work with commanders to use special duty assignments to support installation services and programs,” Halverson told the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee …

As Army End Strength Falls, So Does Its Civilian Workforce, Senior Leaders Say

  • March 30, 2015
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The Army is attempting to trim its civilian workforce commensurate with its drawdown of service members, but the effort remains a work in progress, the service’s top two leaders told lawmakers last week. “There’s lots of pressure on the services to reduce civilian end strength and we do believe the Fourth Estate — what we call the rest of the Department of Defense outside of the services — absolutely needs to be looked at in terms of growth,” Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said March 26 at a House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. DOD defines the Fourth Estate as defense agencies, field activities and some other entities not falling under one of the services or under a combatant command …

Community Needed to Step up to Address Infrastructure Priorities at Beale AFB, Officials Say

  • March 30, 2015
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Public agencies could play a larger role in helping Beale Air Force Base upgrade its electrical power and wastewater treatment systems and improve the northern California installation’s busiest gate, according to a Yuba County supervisor. “Yuba County is looking to step in a little more intimately,” John Nicoletti told the Appeal-Democrat. “Whatever happens to the base outside the fence happens in the county first,” said Nicoletti, who also serves on the Beale Liaison Committee …

Fiscal Constraints Will Be Felt throughout Air Force, Secretary Says

  • March 29, 2015
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A return to the statutory spending caps in fiscal 2016 would require the Air Force to find $10 billion in savings from the service’s original spending plans, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said last week. “Ten billion is a big chunk of money and it would mean every part of our Air Force would be touched in some way,” James told the Dayton Daily News on the same day she toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “It’s impossible to predict what that means for Wright-Patterson,” she said, but it could affect research programs at the Dayton-area installation and rekindle the possibility that civilian employees are furloughed …

Army Plans Involuntary Separation for Thousands of Combat Veterans

  • March 29, 2015
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The Army will be forced to eliminate about 14,000 soldiers as a direct result of the Budget Control Act spending caps which are prompting the service to shrink its active-duty force to 450,000 personnel, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last week. “[Sequestration] will increase significantly the involuntary separation of officer and non-commissioned [NCO] leaders who have steadfastly served their country through the last 13 years of war,” Allyn said. Complying with the spending caps will require the involuntary separation of about 2,000 soldiers annually, including officers and NCOs …

OEA Grant to Fund Study of Georgia’s Aerospace, Defense Sectors

  • March 29, 2015
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The Georgia Department of Economic Development is launching a study of the state’s aerospace and defense industries and how they might cope with potential spending cuts. The study, funded by a $700,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, was announced earlier this month. “The results of the study will be critical in developing and expanding new market opportunities for Georgia businesses and our workforce,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said in a release. “Our expectation is that this economic model tool will provide an accurate diagram of the supply chain for Georgia’s aerospace, defense and manufacturing sectors …

McCain Chides James for Claiming Savings from New Installation Support Agency

  • March 26, 2015
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Air Force moves that Secretary Deborah Lee James recently claimed met a Pentagon goal of reducing its headquarters staff by 20 percent did not produce any actual savings because the personnel were shifted elsewhere, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told James in a letter this week. “The conduct of the Air Force in response to this guidance seems to have produced no actual staff reductions and yielded no actual savings,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee …

Federal, Local Investment Should Shield Ft. Bliss from Worst Cuts, Officials Say

  • March 26, 2015
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Fort Bliss faces a maximum loss of 16,000 personnel after the Army completes its second round of restructuring this decade by fiscal 2020 but at Wednesday’s listening session, El Paso officials expressed confidence the post would dodge dramatic cuts in personnel. The massive investment in the installation made by DOD and the El Paso community, along with its critical role in national security, leaves Fort Bliss well positioned as the Army decides how it will apportion personnel cuts as the service’s active-duty end strength drops from 490,000 to 420,000, said Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “Fort Bliss offers tremendous value to the U.S. Army …

Army Commission Takes Shape

  • March 26, 2015
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President Obama and leaders of the Armed Services committees last week named the eight members who will serve on a commission created by Congress to assess the size and force mixture of the Army after last year’s dispute over the service’s plan to swap aviation assets between the National Guard and the active component. The National Commission on the Future of the Army was mandated by the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. President Obama selected four individuals for the panel: Larry Ellis, president and CEO of VetConnexx, a retired general who commanded Army Forces Command from 2001 to 2004; Kathleen Hicks, director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former director for policy planning at the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy …

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