• Annual Training Load at Sheppard AFB to Rise in 2016 by 1,000

    Annual Training Load at Sheppard AFB to Rise in 2016 by 1,0000

    About 1,000 additional airmen will be reporting to Sheppard Air Force Base for training this year as the service grows by about 2,000 service members to fill the need for high-demand specialties in aircraft maintenance, cyber, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
    Sheppard, located in North Texas, will experience a small increase in students across a range of subjects the installation teaches, including armaments, avionics, propulsion and explosive ordnance disposal, reports the Times Record News. Officials anticipate the base’s existing facilities will be able to accommodate the uptick. They plan on bringing on more instructors to handle the higher teaching load …

  • FY’16 Defense Spending Bill Calls for Reducing Civilian Workforce0

    Budget constraints will force the Defense Department to curtail civilian hiring this year as the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending package calls for $250 million in cuts intended to streamline DOD headquarters staffing and improve estimates of how large its civilian workforce should be. Streamlining will hit the Air Force operations and maintenance workforce the hardest, with lawmakers slashing $110 million from that account. The Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Security Service and many other agencies also will need to absorb significant cutbacks in their workforces, reported Federal News Radio. During two Senate Armed Services Committee hearings last fall, experts said DOD is getting less bang for its buck …

  • OEA Retains Funding for Core Programs

    OEA Retains Funding for Core Programs0

    DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment will receive $90.6 million for fiscal 2016, an amount that fully funds the administration’s request except for a $20.0 million line item to cover civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines. The agency’s spending is part of the omnibus spending package signed into law by President Obama on Friday. Earlier that day, the House approved the $1.15 trillion bill with surprisingly little drama, followed by the Senate. Both chambers also passed a package of tax break extensions …

  • Congress Poised to Clear Omnibus Today0

    The House and Senate on Friday are scheduled to take final votes on the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill agreed to earlier this week, with a tight contest expected in the House as both conservatives and liberals voice objections to various components of the $1.15 trillion measure.
    Party leaders on both sides of the aisle were whipping votes Thursday ahead of Friday morning’s vote in the House. GOP leaders expressed confidence the spending package would pass despite the likelihood that conservatives would oppose it due to spending levels and the absence of favored policy riders …

  • Milcon Secures Major Gain under FY‘16 Omnibus0

    Spending on military construction and family housing programs this year will jump by $1.4 billion over fiscal 2015 to $8.2 billion under the omnibus spending bill unveiled Wednesday, marking a significant step to restoring milcon funding to levels allocated as recently as FY 2014.
    The military construction component would enjoy a 36 percent boost over last year to $6.5 billion, reported CQ. The official release of the omnibus was the first indication as to how milcon funding would benefit from October’s two-year budget deal allowing defense spending to exceed this year’s Budget Control Act cap by $33 billion …

  • Defense Spending Headed Back Up

    Defense Spending Headed Back Up0

    Pentagon spending will rise more than 3 percent this year to $573 billion, including both the base budget and the overseas contingency operations account, under the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill unveiled Wednesday. The modest increase follows a drop in DOD spending in four of the last five years, reported CQ Roll Call. The year’s spending increase arrives courtesy of the $33 billion in relief provided by the recent two-year budget accord. As a result, FY 2017 defense spending is slated to rise slightly as well. Further increases in the out years — and possibly in FY 2017 — may be on the way, as lawmakers respond to growing demands on the U.S. military due to the rise of the Islamic State and other global crises …