• Compromise Defense Bill Would Expand Army by 8,500 Soldiers

    Compromise Defense Bill Would Expand Army by 8,500 Soldiers0

    The armed forces would add more than 20,000 personnel, including 7,500 active-duty soldiers, under the $692 billion fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill hashed out by House and Senate negotiators. Last week’s conference agreement includes $626.4 billion in the defense base budget, which exceeds the spending cap permitted under the Budget Control Act by nearly $78 billion, raising the question as to whether all of the plans in the annual policy bill will be funded in the defense appropriations bill …

  • Region Can Overcome Loss of BCT at Ft. Benning

    Region Can Overcome Loss of BCT at Ft. Benning0

    Despite the loss of Fort Benning’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, there is still reason to be optimistic about the prospects for economic growth in the Chattahoochee Valley, according to the consultant studying the impact of the cutbacks. Matrix Design Group presented the results on Friday of its assessment of the economic impact of the cuts on the seven counties surrounding the post in west central Georgia. While the loss of the brigade combat team would affect the local housing market, schools, retail spending and personal wages, the region’s economy can overcome the setback and possibly offset it through other missions at Fort Benning, said Sal Nodjomian, the study’s project manager and executive vice president for Matrix …

  • Force Cuts at Ft. Hood Will Not Harm Local Economy, Study Finds

    Force Cuts at Ft. Hood Will Not Harm Local Economy, Study Finds0

    The loss of 3,350 soldiers from Fort Hood as the Army shrinks its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers will not significantly affect Killeen and the surrounding area of central Texas, according to a study commissioned by the city. “A 3,350-troop reduction, in my opinion, will not cause a significant impact on this region,” Rick Gibbs, the study’s author, told the Killeen Daily Herald. “Where I would worry in my own experience in doing numbers is if you’ve got [a reduction of] 10,000 to 12,000 soldiers — a whole division …

  • Excess Capacity Study Ignores Army’s Latest Training Requirements, Experts Say0

    DOD’s analysis showing the Army has a significant amount of unneeded capacity across installations hosting combat units ignored the introduction of new weapons and tactics by the Army over the past 25 years requiring more land for training, according to experts interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette. The analysis the department released last month concluded that 42 percent of the Army’s “maneuver” infrastructure is excess to its needs, using 1989 as a baseline for measuring infrastructure requirements. The analysis showed that each of its battalions averaged 23,288 acres of training land in 1989. Using the Army’s projected force structure for fiscal 2019, that figure would rise to 40,405 acres, the report stated …

  • Army Drawdown Plan Should Be Stopped, House Republicans Say

    Army Drawdown Plan Should Be Stopped, House Republicans Say0

    With the military facing growing threats around the globe, the Army’s plan to shrink its end strength is ill-advised, two GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday. “It is clear from all of the testimony we’ve received and the information that we’ve received from the Army that this [drawdown] could break the Army, [and] that it would significantly hamper the next president of the United States in their opportunities and capabilities for the military to protect the country,” said Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. Turner and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) pledged to block the Army from trimming its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers …

  • Army Commission Nears End of Fact-Finding Mission0

    After visiting posts around the nation, meeting every geographic combatant command, and hearing from governors and adjutants general, the National Commission on the Future of the Army has gathered much of the information it needs to assess the proper size and force mix for the Army’s three components. Recently the commission spent two days at the Institute for Defense Analyses conducting its own analytical review with analysts from the commission, the Army and outside experts, Chairman Carter Ham told Defense News. “The focus of the review was on the size, the balance across components, the deployment and mobilization ratios …