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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Senate Readiness Chair Maintains Resistance to BRAC Request

  • March 4, 2014
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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), chairman of the Armed Services’ subcommittee responsible for installations policy, last week reiterated her opposition to the Pentagon’s request to conduct a new round of base closures. Last week, during his preview of the fiscal 2015 budget request — which is scheduled to be formally unveiled today — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said DOD will ask Congress for permission to hold a BRAC round in 2017, the third consecutive year the Obama administration has requested additional base closures. “Another BRAC round would have serious consequences for our shipyard, our workers, and our economy in New Hampshire …

DOD Soliciting Input for New List of Military Family Issues States Should Address

  • March 2, 2014
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The Pentagon is preparing its annual list of issues affecting service members and their families in which “state governments are the primary agents for making positive change,” and is gathering input for its fiscal 2015 list. “Each year, DOD selects issues for states to consider that represent barriers resulting from the transience and uncertainty of military life,” according to the Feb. 28 Federal Register notice. In the past, the department has asked states to ease the hurdles children in active-duty military families face when they transfer school districts, including problems involving records transfer, class and course placement, qualifying for extracurricular activities and fulfilling graduation requirements. Suggestions should address whether the issue can be corrected through a change in state procedure or policy. Responses are due April 14.

50 Governors Sign Letter Protesting Planned Cuts to Army National Guard

  • March 2, 2014
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The nation’s 50 governors on Friday sent a letter to President Obama opposing planned cuts to the Army National Guard included in the Army’s soon-to-be-released fiscal 2015 budget request. “We respectfully request that you reconsider proposed cuts to the Army National Guard and changes to the Guard’s combat aviation capabilities and that you work with us to fashion solutions that provide a scalable, cost-effective force that best serves the interests of our nation …

New Cyber Headquarters Could Insulate Ft. Gordon from Downsizing

  • February 28, 2014
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Augusta officials believe the addition of thousands of cyber and intelligence jobs at Fort Gordon stemming from the Army’s recent decision to consolidate its Cyber Command headquarters at the East Georgia post should offset cuts resulting from the Pentagon’s plan to shrink the Army to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers. “Fort Gordon could potentially lose some noncyber-related missions through operational realignments, but the overall growth is still projected to be over 3,000 [jobs],” Thom Tuckey, executive director of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, told the Augusta Chronicle. In December, the Army said the new Cyber Command headquarters would add 1,500 military, civilian and contractor jobs at Fort Gordon. Other changes include turning the post’s Signal Center of Excellence into a Cyber Center of Excellence, and an expansion in Army, Navy and Air Force intelligence operations located there.

Kansas Bill Defining Airport Hazards Garners Opposition from Military

  • February 27, 2014
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A measure introduced in the Kansas House limiting the definition of what is considered an airport hazard could jeopardize military activities throughout the state. House Bill 2652 restricts the definition of an airport hazard to physical structures only, a change which could permit land uses near airports that interfere with flight operations, reports the Lawrence Journal-World. Uses that attract birds and other wildlife, for example, threaten air safety. John Armbrust, executive director of the Kansas Governor’s Military Council, said the legislation “puts nearly all of our state’s military activities at risk.” Armbrust is the past president of ADC. The Army and Air Force have said the legislation would threaten training and deployment activities by allowing development to encroach on airfields, according to the story.

New Roads Help Ft. Belvoir Open up to Neighbors

  • February 27, 2014
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For many Northern Virginia residents, the primary impact of the skyrocketing growth at Fort Belvoir and several satellite sites since the 2005 round of base closures has been increased traffic congestion in the eastern portion of Fairfax County. With the June opening of a new road that will allow commuters to cut through the main post and the widening of another highway that traverses the installation slated to begin shortly, traffic woes suffered by Fort Belvoir’s neighbors may begin to ease …

DOD to Create Innovation Centers in Michigan, Illinois

  • February 26, 2014
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The Pentagon will establish two manufacturing innovation institutes that would bring together companies, universities, federal agencies and other institutions to strengthen the nation’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, promote the development of cutting-edge products and foster economic growth, President Obama announced Tuesday, alongside governors from Michigan and Illinois. Under the plan, a group of businesses and universities in the Detroit area will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies …

BRAC Round Would Allow DOD to Downsize Civilian Workforce, Official Says

  • February 26, 2014
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The Defense Department has trimmed its civilian and contractor workforce as part an initiative to streamline its headquarters, but a significant reduction in the number of its civilian workers will require a new round of base closures, Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said Tuesday. This year officials cut operating costs by 20 percent at headquarters offices across all services, agencies and combatant commands, saving about $5 billion. Much of the civilian workforce is employed outside Washington at installations, depots and shipyards, though, Fox said …

Ayotte Presses Nominee on DOD’s Intentions to Address Excess Capacity outside of BRAC

  • February 26, 2014
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) focused on the Defense Department’s plans for reducing its infrastructure in the event Congress rejects its latest request for additional base closures, during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Robert Work for deputy defense secretary. During the Armed Services Committee hearing, Ayotte asked the nominee to clarify remarks Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered Monday during a preview of the department’s five-year spending plan. After noting that lawmakers rejected DOD’s BRAC requests in each of the last two years, Hagel said that “if Congress continues to block these requests even as they slash the overall budget, we will have to consider every tool at our disposal to reduce infrastructure …

State Commission Would Address Drop in Defense Spending, under Maryland Bill

  • February 26, 2014
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Maryland would establish a commission to consider ways to adapt to a reduction in spending by the Pentagon, under legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly. The commission would conduct at least three public hearings and report recommendations to the governor and the legislature by June 1, 2015, reported the Gazette. Multiple organizations supported the bill — filed by state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D) and co-sponsored by 15 other senators — during a hearing held by the Senate Finance Committee last week. “As the wars abroad wind down and defense downsizing begins in earnest, we want to ensure that Maryland workers and communities are protected,” Jean Athey — steering committee chair for a coalition of political, religious, labor and other groups called Fund Our Communities — told lawmakers. “To do that, the state of Maryland needs to begin planning now,” Athey said.

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