• Keep the Lights On: Innovative Ways to Conserve Energy

    A new précis by the Army Corps of Engineers detailing numerous ways for installations to improve energy efficiency, conserve resources and reduce waste makes it clear that there is no single path to sustainability, rather “one that runs in may directions at once.” The new $870 million community hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va. — one element of the Walter Reed realignment — features two swooped roofs that will collect up to 140,000 gallons of rainwater in underground cisterns for landscaping irrigation …

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  • House Introduces Three-Week Budget Stopgap

    The House Appropriations Committee Friday introduced a stopgap spending measure to extend funding for the federal government by three weeks while trimming $6 billion in spending. Similar to the current continuing resolution, which runs through March 18, the latest proposal targets programs that are not considered controversial …

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  • CMPOs for Air Force Depots Get Down to Nuts and Bolts

    What do community-military partnering organizations (CMPOs) talk about when they get together? For the community support groups for the three air logistics centers, discussions in Washington focused on the availability of spare parts, shrinking budgets and BRAC …

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  • DOD Efficiency Savings Not Sufficient, Senate Budget Panel Says

    Despite calling for a smaller increase than in past years, the Defense Department’s fiscal 2012 budget request cannot be supported in light of the nation’s mounting debt, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee underscored at a hearing Thursday. “Given the fiscal crisis, every area of the budget is going to have to come under scrutiny and is going to have to find savings, including defense,” said Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) …

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  • Third Army Advancing on Shaw AFB

    The 1,400 soldiers and civilians scheduled to move to Shaw Air Force Base with Third Army headquarters already have provided a much-needed boost to the real estate market in central South Carolina. The median price of homes sold in Sumter last year was the highest reported in the past five years …

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  • Party Leaders Expected to Agree on Next Continuing Resolution

    All signs indicate that House Republicans and Senate Democrats will come to an agreement on another short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government running after the current one expires next week. House leaders are set to release their version of a stopgap funding bill Friday and bring it to the floor for a vote March 15. The measure most likely will cover a three-week period, but it could last only two weeks or, possibly, four weeks …

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