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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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
The Obama administration this week unveiled a detailed plan for supporting military families, committing the federal government to 50 initiatives intended to address the most pressing challenges facing troops and their families at home and in their communities …READ MORE
Republican and Democratic leadership named new lineups for the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee this week. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who had been the panel’s ranking member since 2008, is now chairman. Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) was named ranking member after Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) opted to become the top Democrat on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee …READ MORE
Republicans and Democrats in the House named new leaders for the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee in the 112th Congress following organizational meetings earlier this month. John Culberson (R-Texas), in his sixth-term, will chair the subcommittee, replacing former Rep. Zach Wamp as the panel’s top Republican after Wamp made an unsuccessful bid for governor of Tennessee …READ MORE