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OEA Grant to Fund Workforce Diversification Effort in Southwest Ohio

  • September 20, 2015
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The Dayton, Ohio, region has been awarded a $7.0 million grant by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help diversify the area’s economic base as it responds to anticipated cutbacks in the defense industry. A collaborative effort among 11 local agencies and institutions will leverage the research and development capabilities at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to develop and produce market-ready technologies, reported the Dayton Business Journal. “This is another step in continuing to support our region’s greatest asset,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition …

$6M OEA Grant to Support Emerging Industries in Southeast Michigan

  • September 17, 2015
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The workforce development board for southeast Michigan plans to use a $6.0 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for retraining assistance for displaced workers, a market analysis, and supply chain and asset mapping to help the region recover from defense cutbacks, officials announced this week. The two-year grant will be administered by the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board and will be used to establish the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative, which will help affected workers shift into high-demand defense markets, reported Detroit Business. The market analysis will include a skills gap assessment; supply chain and asset mapping will help connect businesses with customers in emerging defense markets. The collaborative will target lightweight materials manufacturing; autonomous transportation and connected mobility, particularly electronics, sensors and components; and information technology such as cybersecurity for transportation systems and products …

Pentagon Deputy Orders Deep Funding Cuts across Headquarters Activities

  • September 10, 2015
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Major DOD headquarters activities will need to plan for a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020, according to a recent memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. “We anticipate Congress will require a 25 percent reduction in the funding of DOD headquarters in lieu of the 20 percent requirement previously established by the department,” Work’s memo stated. “Even if Congress fails to act, the department needs the savings that will be achieved through this reduction to fund higher priority requirements in support of the warfighter and to address underfunded strategic needs,” it said. The cuts apply to major DOD headquarters activities across the military departments, the office of the secretary of defense, Joint Staff, defense agencies and field activities, and the combatant commands …

High-Tech Workforce Represents Key Asset for Massachusetts Bases

  • August 28, 2015
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Massachusetts officials are highlighting the state’s concentration of high-tech talent, including academic and industry resources, as the state promotes its six military installations ahead of a possible BRAC round. “As all of this stuff has gotten more and more technologically sophisticated over the course of this past decade or so, what we do here I think becomes even more important,” Gov. Charlie Baker told WBUR following a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to meet with lawmakers and Pentagon officials. In an interview with WBUR last week following a visit to Hanscom Air Force Base, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated her department values the state’s skilled workforce …

To Preserve Aerospace Cluster, San Antonio Needs to Revisit Its ‘Value Proposition’

  • August 7, 2015
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San Antonio needs to think strategically about the advantages it offers the aerospace industry to ensure it doesn’t lose a chunk of the sector to other places, a senior executive with Port San Antonio said at a chamber of commerce event last month. Officials should consider further investment in facilities and the workforce, expanding the components of the aerospace industry the region excels in and competing on qualities other than price, according to Jim Perschbach, executive vice president for business development at Port San Antonio, the reuse project at the former Kelly Air Force Base. The city specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul, with a core competency in servicing aging types of airframes and engines, reported San Antonio Express-News. But it could strengthen its aerospace cluster by branching out to commercial paint application, satellite communications, landing gear and navigation …

Army Lab Forges Research Partnership with Maryland Groups

  • August 7, 2015
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The Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week established a formal partnership with local education, industry and workforce organizations to strengthen collaboration between researchers with the goal of delivering new technologies to the Army and further developing the region’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — workforce. One focus of the partnership will be the development of an open campus at Aberdeen Proving Ground which will provide space for researchers, industry and educators to collaborate on the development of new military technology. The Army Research Laboratory previously established a pilot open campus near the University of Maryland in College Park, where more than 465 people are working, reported the Baltimore Sun. “In the future, we hope to have a campus-like environment at APG where we can have groups come in and share experience and share facilities with Army researchers and government researchers,” said Thomas Russell, director of the Army lab …

Maryland Town Looks for Development Strategies to Raise Quality of Life for Navy Engineers

  • July 30, 2015
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In an effort to help Naval Support Facility Indian Head retain the younger members of its highly educated workforce, the town of Indian Head, Md., is looking for ways to offer amenities desired by millennials. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the largest tenant command at Indian Head, has not experienced difficulties attracting qualified engineers. It plans on hiring up to 250 engineers this year. The command’s problem is that new engineers are leaving after an average of 11 months. “And that’s something as a community we’ve got to address,” Brian Klaas, co-chairman of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council, said at the group’s meeting on Monday …

Anchorage’s Civilian Economy Could Use Several Thousand Veterans

  • July 23, 2015
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While the Army’s plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will have some negative effects on Anchorage’s economy, transitioning personnel who elect to stay in the area will boost the local labor pool and have an opportunity to significantly benefit the region, according to a commentary published in the Alaska Dispatch News. Anchorage employers from a range of sectors have said they have job openings that are difficult to fill because of a lack of qualified candidates, write Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., and Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. The city has only 8,500 unemployed workers. “The troops and their families who are facing the upcoming military drawdown are professional, skilled workers, and we have the jobs for them right here in Anchorage and Alaska. The Army’s loss is Alaska’s gain …

JBLM to Lose Medical Headquarters

  • July 9, 2015
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The Army’s Western Regional Medical Command will be moving to Hawaii, costing Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., about 60 jobs and a command position for a two-star general, officials confirmed this week. The move comes as the Army is consolidating its five regional medical commands into four headquarters. The medical command will relocate to Honolulu, home of the Army’s Pacific headquarters, reported the News Tribune. A deputy commander for the medical command, a position most likely assigned to a brigadier general, will remain at JBLM and focus on patient care throughout the Pacific …

Massachusetts Agency Launches Economic Diversification Study

  • June 29, 2015
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The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) has launched an economic diversification study to help the state cope with cutbacks in DOD spending by becoming less dependent on defense contracting. The organization recently was awarded a $400,000 grant from MassDevelopment, a state agency that received a $1.5 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. MassMEP will help companies reposition toward commercial markets, Jack Healy, its president, told the Telegram. A large number of manufacturers providing critical systems to the defense industry will have a difficulty surviving when their customers diminish. The grant also will expand an initiative allowing undergraduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to teach a training curriculum to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Of the about 87,000 jobs in the state supported by the defense industry, 43,000 are direct jobs, Healy said. The 87,000 positions do not include research and development or Small Business Innovation Research grant jobs. The study is expected to be completed in March 2016.

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