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Posts Tagged ‘Pentagon strategic review’

Carter Directs Officials to Plan for Spending Cuts in FY’14, FY’15

  • June 2, 2013
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Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter has directed senior officials to develop several scenarios for implementing sequester cuts in fiscal 2014. In a May 29 memo, Carter instructs officials to generate options for FY 2014 spending under two assumptions — one with a 10 percent cut across-the-board, and one with a 10 percent cut that allows managers to shift funds among accounts. Those results are due July 1 …

Pentagon’s Strategic Review to Miss Deadline

  • May 30, 2013
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The Defense Department’s strategic choices and management review will miss Friday’s deadline, but should be completed in several weeks, a DOD spokesman said Thursday. The review, chaired by Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will guide the department’s fiscal 2015 budget request as well as some decisions regarding FY 2014 spending. The review was formed to provide leaders with strategic options facing the department given current fiscal realities and to take a broad look at both DOD’s current budget situation and the out-years …

Lieberman Wants Policy Measure to Counter Risks Stemming from Budget Request

  • April 17, 2012
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Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is asking the Senate Armed Services Committee to limit proposed reductions in the Army’s end strength along with other changes to DOD’s fiscal 2013 budget request when it marks up next year’s defense authorization bill. In a letter to Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain, Lieberman concludes that the department’s budget request would “create unacceptable risks to our national security …

Wright-Pat’s Strengths in Line with Military’s Strategic Shift

  • March 12, 2012
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Despite recent announcements about cuts in active-duty and civilian positions throughout the Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, is poised to thrive amid the military’s shift to a leaner, more technologically capable force. Wright-Patterson is home to a variety of missions DOD plans to emphasize as it moves away from large-scale ground operations. The base hosts R&D, intelligence assessment …

Significant Excess Capacity Remains from Last BRAC Round, Robyn Says

  • March 8, 2012
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The last BRAC round trimmed only three to five percent of DOD’s excess infrastructure, leaving the department with roughly 20 percent excess capacity, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Thursday. Her calculation was based on a 2004 analysis which determined the department had 24 percent excess capacity relative to force structure …

Ohio Lawmakers Concerned over Local Impacts of Aircraft Cuts

  • February 8, 2012
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Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are looking into the possibility of securing a follow-on mission for the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Air National Guard Base, after the Air Force announced last week it planned to retire its fleet of C-27J multipurpose cargo aircraft. The move would eliminate the four C-27Js based at Mansfield and raise the prospect that the 179th would be eliminated …

Relocating F-16 Squadron akin to BRAC Closure, Alaska Lawmakers Insist

  • February 7, 2012
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Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich on Tuesday criticized the Air Force’s proposal to relocate a squadron of F-16s from Eielson AFB outside of the formal base closure process, stating that BRAC is recognized as the best way to address property management and readiness. If the Air Force intends to use the permanent statute for closing bases outside of a BRAC round to carry out the realignment, DOD must notify lawmakers so they can review the proposed action …

Air Force Details Wide-Ranging Aircraft Adjustments

  • February 5, 2012
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Proposed changes to the Air Force’s inventory of aircraft would affect more than 60 installations, according to a paper officials released Friday that focused primarily on impacts to the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. One facility would close under the changes, the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station. Seven others would have been left without an Air Force presence following the adjustments …

Navy to Contemplate Changing Minimum Ship Requirement

  • January 31, 2012
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The Navy is preparing a force structure study over the next several months that will be based on the new strategic guidance the Pentagon released in January, Adm. John Harvey, commander of Fleet Forces Command, told reporters Tuesday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has “a strategic view now from the commander in chief. He’s got a budget that is coming from the Congress. Okay, let’s figure out what kind of Navy matches those two together …

Lawmakers Line up against BRAC Proposal

  • January 29, 2012
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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said they oppose holding another round of base closures, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta proposed last week, with most highlighting the need to assess the nation’s overseas basing before launching a new BRAC. The joint statement released by the Senate delegations for Maine and New Hampshire was typical: “The department is in the midst of decisions on our posture overseas, including the possibility of withdrawing forces and closing bases in Europe …

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