• Budget Constraints to Trigger Service Cuts to Army’s MWR Programs

    Budget Constraints to Trigger Service Cuts to Army’s MWR Programs0

    Family and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs, such as fitness and community centers and libraries, will be scaled back at Army installations in fiscal 2017 as the service absorbs a 23 percent cut in funding for those activities. Cuts in service may be implemented through reduced operating hours, higher customer fees or elimination of certain activities. Decisions on where to make cuts will be made at the garrison level after installations determine which programs are most affordable and popular, reported Stars and Stripes. The Army estimates it will receive a $105 million cut for family and recreation programs in FY 2017 …

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  • Budget Caps Have a Role in Taming Defense Spending, Experts Say

    Budget Caps Have a Role in Taming Defense Spending, Experts Say0

    Despite almost-universal opposition to the statutory spending caps from defense advocates since the 2011 Budget Control Act was enacted, defense budget experts on Monday said the limits should remain in place to keep DOD spending in check.
    “I would keep the Budget Control Act, or at least budget caps, because I think the process needs discipline, but I would raise them for defense and probably non-defense also,” former Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said during a discussion at the Brookings Institution. Ideally, Congress would reach a multi-year budget deal that addresses entitlements, revenue and the deficit, said Hale, currently a senior fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton …

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