• Hammack Insists on New BRAC Round for Army0

    During remarks introducing a conference session devoted to the benefits of partnering with the public and private sector, the Army’s top installations official made it clear there is no substitute for a new BRAC round when it comes to efficient management of the service’s scarce resources. “In order to right-size our infrastructure and footprint in line with force reductions, we need BRAC authorization from Congress,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

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  • Army May Conduct New Analysis to Assess Impacts of Further Downsizing0

    Army officials are reviewing whether they need to launch a new comprehensive environmental analysis of the impacts associated with drops in the service’s end strength below the 490,000 active-duty soldiers it plans to have by fiscal 2015. At the same time officials are evaluating whether further reductions in force structure will be needed, they will determine whether the assessment completed earlier this year for the initial set of changes can be used as the basis for the next set, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

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  • House, Senate Agree to Pay Service Members during Shutdown0

    Amid a partisan faceoff over legislation needed to keep the government open, House and Senate lawmakers approved a measure to ensure that service members and some DOD civilians get paid if the government shuts down starting today. The House passed the measure over the weekend by a 423-0 vote, while the Senate cleared it Monday by unanimous consent, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill would provide funds to pay members of the armed services on active duty, including Coast Guard personnel and reserve components, during a shutdown …

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