• 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 …

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  • Facility Conditions Play a Role in Quality of Life for Personnel, GAO Finds

    Facility Conditions Play a Role in Quality of Life for Personnel, GAO Finds0

    While budget constraints have forced DOD to limit funding for facilities sustainment and recapitalization in recent years, mission readiness has not been jeopardized at eight installations the Government Accountability Office visited for a study of DOD’s efforts to maintain its facilities. Public works personnel at the installations told GAO that facilities that are critical to their missions receive first priority for maintenance and repairs. Personnel were able to provide only a handful of examples of facility conditions that hampered the ability of their installations to carry out their activities …

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  • Graham Urges ADC Members to Go Toe to Toe with Lawmakers over Sequestration

    Graham Urges ADC Members to Go Toe to Toe with Lawmakers over Sequestration0

    Pledging to go on a “political jihad” if Congress fails to undo the statutory spending caps that are hampering the nation’s military from meeting current and future threats, Sen. Lindsey Graham urged attendees at the Defense Communities 2016 National Summit to make it their highest priority as well. “If you want to do something, don’t advocate for your base. Come up here and advocate for Congress not to decimate the military as a whole,” Graham said Tuesday during the Defense Community Awards Luncheon …

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  • Welsh Anxious about Lack of Budget Stability

    Welsh Anxious about Lack of Budget Stability0

    The outgoing Air Force chief of staff described the current budget environment as uncertain due to the likelihood that Congress relies on a continuing resolution to fund the Defense Department after Oct. 1 and the possibility that the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps are fully imposed again in fiscal 2018. A return to spending at Budget Control Act levels would make it very difficult for the Air Force to keep its modernization programs on track, Gen. Mark Welsh told Defense News. “We go back to a sequester budget, everything is going to be affected …

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