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DOD Proposes Scaling Down Subsidies for Commissaries

  • February 25, 2014
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Military grocery stores would not be closed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request, but discounts for service members and retirees would be greatly curtailed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. The department is proposing to reduce the annual direct subsidy provided to military commissaries by $1 billion over a three-year period; the annual subsidy now totals $1.4 billion. As a result, the savings on groceries enjoyed by military families would drop from an average of 30 percent to about 10 percent, according to a Pentagon briefing led by senior officials on background …

Budget Cuts Require Balancing Act, Hagel Says; Work Nominated for Deputy Slot

  • February 9, 2014
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Short on specifics, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the need to take “a holistic point of view” as Pentagon officials fine-tune the fiscal 2015 budget request. The key is to balance readiness, modernization and capability as planners look for places to trim about $41 million from the FY 2015 spending level the department envisioned one year ago, he told reporters Friday during a Pentagon press briefing. “Now, will there be cuts across the board? Of course there will. You can’t do it any other way. Are there going to be adjustments across the board? Of course …

Obama to Nominate Former Navy Official as DOD Deputy, Report Says

  • February 4, 2014
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Robert Work, who served as Navy undersecretary from 2009 through 2013, will be nominated as deputy secretary of defense as early as Thursday by President Obama, reported RealClearDefense. Work would replace Ashton Carter who resigned late last year. In the interim, Christine Fox has been filling in as deputy secretary. Work now is CEO of think-tank Center for a New American Security. He served 27 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel …

More Difficult Decisions Still Remain, Hagel Says

  • December 4, 2013
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Defense officials still face a number of challenging budget decisions on force structure, compensation and acquisition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday after unveiling a series of organizational reforms intended to streamline DOD headquarters. “These reductions are only a first step in DOD’s efforts to realign defense spending to meet new fiscal realities and strategic priorities,” Hagel told reporters …

Pentagon Austerity Measures to Eliminate Top Installations Post

  • December 4, 2013
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The deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment will be merged with the assistant secretary for operational energy plans and programs, as part of an array of personnel and funding reductions Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday to streamline the department’s overhead. The decision to eliminate DOD’s top installations post came amid a series of organizational changes to the office of secretary of defense (OSD) unveiled by Hagel at a Pentagon press briefing …

Former DOD Official Named as Interim Replacement for Carter

  • December 3, 2013
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Christine Fox, who had served as the Pentagon’s director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation until June, will become the department’s second-in-command starting Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday. Fox replaces Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who is scheduled to step down today. Fox’s appointment by President Obama to serve as acting deputy secretary will make her the highest-ranking woman ever in DOD …

Ash Carter, Pentagon’s No. 2 Official, to Step Down

  • October 10, 2013
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Ash Carter, who has served as deputy defense secretary for the past two years, will step down Dec. 4, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday. Before becoming the Pentagon’s number No. 2, Carter was undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, giving him four and a half years of continuous service at the department …

Donley Named to Lead Effort to Streamline DOD’s Organizational Structure

  • September 2, 2013
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Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will head up a review of the Pentagon’s organizational structure intended to trim headquarters costs of the office of the secretary of defense (OSD) by 20 percent over the next five years, Reuters reported last week. The review, described in an Aug. 26 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, is aimed at producing “a more effective and efficient organization for OSD while reducing the number of civilian, military and contractor personnel supporting it.” It is slated to recommend ways to reduce the number of people who report to the secretary by consolidating functions and eliminating jobs …

Green Practices at Alaskan Joint Base Earn Pentagon Award

  • April 22, 2013
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, last week was named one of nine winners of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for its efforts to conserve energy and cut its greenhouse gas emissions. The 673rd Air Base Wing at JBER worked with local municipalities and utility providers to convert landfill gas into usable energy for a project estimated to generate more than 56,000 megawatt hours, or 26 percent, of the installation’s electrical load. The plant reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 13,944 tons of methane and is expected to save $73.6 million over the project’s lifecycle …

Hagel Outlines Case for Reforming Pentagon Spending

  • April 3, 2013
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In his first major policy speech since taking office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday warned of the need for making fundamental changes in overhead, personnel and acquisition costs as the Pentagon faces the prospect of cutting up to $1 trillion in projected spending over the coming decade. “This effort will by necessity consider big choices that could lead to fundamental change and a further prioritization of the use of our resources …

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