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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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.

Governors Fight Proposed Cuts to Army National Guard

  • February 25, 2014
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Despite recommending a smaller proportional cut on personnel in the Amy National Guard than on the active Army in its five-year budget, the Obama administration is taking flak from the nation’s governors for targeting soldiers and aircraft in the Guard. There’s “unanimity” against cuts among state executives gathered in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) told reporters Monday …

Partnership Ideas for Wright-Patterson Cover Wide Array of Services

  • February 25, 2014
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At a workshop last week, local leaders discussed a variety of services that could be shared between Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its neighbors in and around Dayton, Ohio, including maintenance of streets and equipment, recreation and provision of water and sewer. At the outset of the workshop, Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, highlighted one critical need for the base — child development centers. “We consistently have a waiting list of more than 100 kids. This is a huge need for us …

Hagel Vows to Trim Defense Infrastructure

  • February 25, 2014
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As expected, the Obama administration will ask Congress to authorize a new round of base closures in 2017 as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, marking the third year in a row DOD will ask permission to pare down its excess infrastructure. “We cannot fully achieve our goals for overhead reductions without cutting unnecessary and costly infrastructure,” Hagel told reporters on Monday. Mindful of DOD’s recent track record with such requests, Hagel pointed out that the department “has already been reducing infrastructure where we can …

FY ’15 Budget Reveals Scope of Cuts Needed to Address Spending Caps

  • February 25, 2014
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The Army’s active-duty end strength would be reduced to between 440,000 and 450,000 under the five-year budget proposal unveiled Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The long-term budget included with the fiscal 2015 budget request, the department’s first to fully reflect the transition DOD is making after 13 years of war, adheres to the spending caps in place next year but exceeds the Budget Control Act caps for the following four years by $115 billion. As a result, the Army would be forced to draw down to an end strength of 420,000 if sequester cuts are not reversed in FY 2016 …

Wright-Patterson Invites Community to Consider New Ways to Partner

  • February 23, 2014
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosted leaders from public agencies, organizations and businesses last week to generate ideas for taking advantage of DOD’s new authority to share base support services. The Feb. 20 workshop was one of the early steps in a six-to-eight-month process the Air Force is carrying out to find ways the Dayton, Ohio, installation can collaborate with local municipalities to leverage each other’s resources in an effort to save money …

‘Shadow BRAC’ is the Immediate Threat to Bases, Washington Insider Says

  • February 23, 2014
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While the next BRAC round could come as early as 2017, the immediate threat to defense communities are smaller cuts and realignments that don’t require a formal base closure round to go forward, the president of a Washington public affairs firm said last week during a meeting of the local support group for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. “The more scary thing to me is what I have been calling the shadow BRAC,” Barry Rhoads, president of Cassidy and Associates, told Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow. “We’re undergoing shadow BRACs as we speak. That’s actually no notification of Congress …

HASC Ranking Member Stands up for BRAC

  • February 23, 2014
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The Pentagon could be forced to realign unneeded installations outside of the normal BRAC process if Congress continues to bar it from conducting a new round of base closures, according to written comments the office of Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted to Breaking Defense last week. “Mr. Smith thinks that given the changing size and shape of our military force, the Department of Defense needs to be able to adjust its infrastructure to accommodate and reflect the shape of the force,” according to Smith’s office. “It is his hope that Congress acts and these changes are made through the normal BRAC process …

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