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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Pentagon Issues Furlough Notices

  • May 28, 2013
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The Defense Department began sending furlough notices on Tuesday to most of its 750,000 U.S. civilian employees stating they would need to take 11 unpaid days off starting in July. The mandatory furloughs are set to begin July 8 and run through Sept. 30, reported Government Executive. The impact of the mandatory days off will be widespread at defense communities …

Panel Reviewing Future of the Air Force to Convene Next Week

  • May 27, 2013
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A congressionally created commission assessing the Air Force’s structure to determine if and how it should be modified to best fill current and future mission requirements will hold its first public hearing June 4. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force was mandated by the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill as a response to the Air Force’s February 2013 proposal to curtail its force structure, with the most significant impacts falling on Air National Guard personnel and aircraft. The Air Force proposed cutting 3,900 active-duty personnel, 5,100 Guard members and 900 reservists …

Budget Morass Holding Air Force Back, Donley Says

  • May 27, 2013
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The lack of a consensus between the Pentagon and Congress on a range of budget and strategic issues affecting the Air Force, especially changes to its force structure, could jeopardize the effectiveness of the service in the coming decade, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told reporters during his last scheduled news conference. “We need a broader discussion with Congress on the strategic choices we’re going to have to make as a nation to make sure that we retain an effective and capable military and, for us, maintain our role as the best Air Force in the world over the next 10 years …

BRAC Rejection Will Help Ease Readiness Issues, Wittman Suggests

  • May 27, 2013
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Rob Wittman, chair of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, began last week’s markup of his panel’s portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill by highlighting the “readiness shortfalls” of the armed forces primarily caused by the government’s undue focus on deficit reduction. “While the mark represents a good first step toward addressing our readiness challenges, much work remains to be done and the mark won’t completely fix what many have labeled a ‘readiness crisis,’” Wittman said on Thursday. Surprisingly, though, he cited the legislation’s bar on spending by DOD to plan for or carry out a new BRAC round as “one of the provisions that will provide some relief” to the military’s readiness challenges …

Navy’s Analysis of Planned Changes at NS Mayport Could Be Improved, GAO Finds

  • May 24, 2013
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A Navy analysis of a plan to station additional DDG-51 class destroyers at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., demonstrated some, but not all, of the best practices for analyzing costs and benefits for decisions involving the allocation of resources, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. The plan to transfer ships to Mayport followed a decision to defer moving a nuclear aircraft carrier to the naval base as well as the scheduled decommissioning of a number of ships currently stationed there. Without moving additional ships to the Jacksonville base, the local ship repair industrial base would suffer a marked drop in workload …

Specter of BRAC Keeps K Street Occupied

  • May 24, 2013
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Lobbying revolving around the looming potential for a new BRAC round has emerged as one of the few bright spots for an industry that has experienced a decline in revenue since 2010. The Obama administration’s request this year — along with one last year — for additional base closures has resulted in a spike in new business among the specialized firms that represent states and defense communities trying to keep their regions’ military installations off of a future BRAC list …

Lawmakers Question Success of Joint Basing Initiative

  • May 24, 2013
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Due to concerns that DOD’s joint basing initiative has not generated the savings initially projected, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is requesting the Government Accountability Office to determine whether the effort has created efficiencies in installation support, according to report language it drafted to accompany the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation …

Readiness Panel Rejects BRAC Request

  • May 23, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee made it clear Thursday that it opposes the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, approving language in its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would preclude the department from using FY 2014 appropriations “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round.” Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said further review — including congressional hearings and DOD analysis — would be required before the Armed Services Committee could consider endorsing a new round of base closures …

Installation Changes Could Affect Need for School Upgrades, Milcon Panel Says

  • May 22, 2013
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House appropriators fully support the administration’s fiscal 2014 request to spend $798 million for upgrades at 17 DOD Education Activity schools located overseas and within the U.S., but at the same time they want to make sure the department doesn’t invest in facilities at installations slated to be downsized. “[The committee] is concerned that the changes that are occurring across the Department of Defense associated with force structure reductions may impact whether funding is needed at an installation or if it is determined not to be an enduring installation …

Kansas, Oklahoma Tapped to Host KC-46A Missions

  • May 22, 2013
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Defense communities in central Kansas and southwestern Oklahoma likely secured long-term missions Wednesday, after the Air Force selected McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., as the main operating base for the KC-46A and Altus AFB, Okla., as the formal training unit for the next generation tanker. Pease Air Guard Station, N.H., was picked as the main operating base led by an Air National Guard unit …

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