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Posts Tagged ‘Pentagon strategic review’

Panetta Offers Peek into FY 2013 Budget Request

  • January 26, 2012
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Pentagon officials Thursday outlined an array of changes to the military’s force structure, weapons systems and equipment, overhead, and personnel and retiree costs needed to slash hundreds of billions of dollars from the budget through 2021. The military will shrink in a number of ways under the fiscal 2013 budget request …

Administration to Ask for BRAC Authority, Panetta Says

  • January 26, 2012
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President Obama will request Congress authorize use of the BRAC process, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said during a Pentagon news briefing held Thursday to preview DOD’s fiscal 2013 budget request, confirming speculation that had been swirling around Washington for much of the past year. While some news reports have said DOD plans to request BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015, Panetta did not say how many rounds the administration will request or what years it wants to select bases …

Time to Support Cherry Point is Now, Eastern N.C. Officials Urge

  • January 18, 2012
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In anticipation of a BRAC round coming in the next several years, officials in eastern North Carolina believe time is running out to coordinate community support on behalf of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East. One of their primary worries is progress on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B …

Pentagon’s New Budget Could Hold Surprises for Texas

  • January 18, 2012
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As one of the top recipients of DOD expenditures and the home of 225,000 active duty military personnel, reservists, National Guard troops and civilian employees, Texas has a lot at stake as the Pentagon translates its new strategic guidance into the dollars and cents of a long-term spending plan. The state’s two giant Army posts, Forts Bliss and Hood, can be expected to remain vital installations as they offer ample space for training and a track record for rapid deployment of forces …

Congress Likely to Struggle to Reach Compromise on Military Strategy

  • January 12, 2012
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An agreement on defense spending, along with military doctrine, will be reached in 2012 only after the two parties engage in a spirited debate. Soon after the Pentagon rolled out its new strategy meant to guide the process for trimming 8 percent of the department’s budget over the next 10 years, Republicans and Democrats clashed over the prudence in scaling down the military’s force structure …

Two Europe Brigades Will Be Replaced with Rotating Units, Panetta Says

  • January 12, 2012
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Two of the Army’s four Europe-based brigade combat teams will be withdrawn and replaced with rotating units, Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. The change follows last week’s unveiling of a new defense strategy which emphasizes smaller, more agile ground forces, and increased reliance on air and sea assets. The guidance also indicated that the military’s footprint in Europe would “evolve” …

Experts Debate Impact of Budget Cuts at Ft. Bragg

  • January 11, 2012
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Fort Bragg, home of Army Special Operations Command and two new commands due to BRAC, likely will experience fewer budget cuts than other installations as the Defense Department identifies $487 billion in spending cuts over the coming decade. One national security analyst, however, believes Bragg could suffer the loss of a substantial mission if DOD is forced to absorb additional cuts of up to $500 billion …

New Approach Raises Questions for Ft. Hood

  • January 9, 2012
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The military’s shift to a smaller, but more flexible, force can be expected to affect Ft. Hood, the nation’s largest Army post, most likely by trimming its authorized end strength. And by reshaping the military away from a force designed to support sustained, large-scale wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s vision for the “Joint Force of 2020″ calls into question the future role of heavy armor units …

Central Texas Officials Believe New Strategy Could Bolster Local Bases

  • January 9, 2012
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The new priorities for the military outlined last week by the Pentagon could herald a positive future for Dyess and Goodfellow Air Force bases, according to officials in central Texas. The guidance calls for a stronger focus on the Asia-Pacific, a strategy that Dyess’ B-1B bomber aircraft have the capability to support …

Administration Promises to Protect Military Families, Veterans

  • January 8, 2012
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In the face of slashing hundreds of billions of dollars in spending over the coming decade, President Obama and Secretary Panetta pledged their commitment to programs that support troops, their families and veterans. “I have no higher responsibility than fighting to protect you and your families, just as you have fought and bled to protect our country …

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