• McCain to Take up Defense Spending Bill Mantle

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Wednesday vowed to introduce a full-year fiscal 2011 defense funding measure as an amendment to the next short-term continuing resolution (CR) brought to the Senate floor. “If needed, I will amend any new short-term CR to restore the full amount of defense funding that the Pentagon has repeatedly requested and that our men and women in uniform desperately need for this year,” McCain said …

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  • Changing Aberdeen’s Footprint, Transforming its Mission

    Amid dozens of BRAC recommendations intended to transform the military’s infrastructure as well as its missions, the changes occurring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are particularly notable, according to a two-part series this week by DOD’s American Forces Press Service. On the infrastructure side, the 2005 round is bringing significant growth — more than 6,500 people and $1 billion in construction — as well as a large-scale plan to demolish World War I-era and World War II-era buildings …

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  • Is an Airport Really on the Table at Willow Grove?

    Two Montgomery County commissioners last week raised the possibility that the reuse of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, outside of Philadelphia, could include an airport. Neither lawmaker voiced a particular position on the airport question, but both referred to the base runway as a key asset that could support economic development down the road …

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  • Senate Vote Ends Attempt to Move Defense Spending Bill Separately

    The effort by Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) to pass a full-year fiscal 2011 defense spending bill separately came to an end Monday after the Senate voted to cut off debate on a patent reform bill. The vote, to invoke cloture, shuts down debate on unrelated amendments, meaning that Collins’ amendment could not be brought to the Senate floor for a vote …

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  • BRAC Not on Horizon, Senior Republican Lawmaker Says

    As the 2005 BRAC round nears its conclusion, apprehension as to when, or if, a new base closure round will be held is growing in many defense communities across the nation. To date, no official with the power to request a new round or authorize one has said he or she is contemplating doing just that. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, in response to a question Tuesday from the Huntsville Times editorial board, said he has not heard any talk about a new round …

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  • FAA Moving Command Center to Vint Hill

    By the end of the month, the Federal Aviation Administration’s new command center at Vint Hill, in Fauquier County, Va., should be fully staffed and operational, adding 270 employees to the former Vint Hill Farms Station. The center — officially the Air Traffic Control System Command Center — oversees the nation’s air traffic control system and balances air traffic demand with system capacity …

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