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  • House Plan Would Leave DOD’s 2011 Budget Largely Intact

    Defense spending would rise by $9.6 billion in the current fiscal year compared to fiscal 2010, with military construction and veterans affairs spending falling by $1.9 billion, under the allocation released this week by the House Budget Committee for each of the fiscal 2011 appropriations bills. Spending in both defense-related bills would drop when compared to the president’s FY 2011 request — defense by $13.2 billion and milcon and veterans affairs by $1.3 billion. The House plan would provide a total of $517.7 billion for defense spending and $74.7 billion for milcon and veterans affairs in FY 2011. Of the allocations for the 12 appropriations panels, defense is the only one that would not fall, compared to 2010, with federal-wide discretionary spending dropping on a net basis by $32 billion …

  • Navy Expected to Hand over Federal City Property to Community

    The majority of the site the Navy is leasing to a local redevelopment agency for the Federal City project may be turned over to the community after Marine Forces Reserve moves into the headquarters the New Orleans Federal Alliance is constructing for the command. Awarding ownership of the property to the alliance’s partner, the Algiers Development District, would help the nonprofit attract private financing to carry out the master plan prepared for the Naval Support Activity New Orleans site, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the city’s Algiers section, said David Mize, president and CEO of the alliance. The authority for the Navy to transfer the site is included in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, H.R. 6523, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 7 …

  • Foundation, Army Partnership Produces ‘Monument’ to Treat Amputees

    In the four years since the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) opened at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to benefit wounded warriors suffering the loss of a limb or severe burn injuries, the world-class physical rehabilitation facility has treated an average of 140 patients a week …

  • Defense Bill Provides Only Partial Support for Military Buildup on Guam

    House-Senate negotiators late last month dropped a key provision from the final version of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill that could have provided a significant jolt of infrastructure funding to the government of Guam needed to accommodate the buildup of Marine Corps forces on the island over the next several years. The provision, included in the House version of the legislation, would have authorized DOD to allocate up to $500 million to pay for municipal services and facilities that directly support the move of 8,600 Marines and 9,000 family members from Japan by 2014. Guam’s infrastructure — including its port, transportation, electricity, water and wastewater — already is inadequate and officials believe the island needs several billion dollars, or more, to deal with the influx …


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