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Longer rests between deployments and a new program to help separating service members are two of 21 changes affecting the Army in 2012 that are previewed in a recent story in Army Times. Active-duty units deploying after Feb. 1 will be scheduled for nine-month tours, although units with special capabilities that are in high demand, along with corps headquarters, may still deploy for 12 months …READ MORE
Fort Bragg, home of Army Special Operations Command and two new commands due to BRAC, likely will experience fewer budget cuts than other installations as the Defense Department identifies $487 billion in spending cuts over the coming decade. One national security analyst, however, believes Bragg could suffer the loss of a substantial mission if DOD is forced to absorb additional cuts of up to $500 billion …READ MORE
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to release some specifics from the fiscal 2013 budget request on Jan. 26, according to a defense official cited Wednesday by Bloomberg. The date is subject to change and no final decisions have yet been made as to how much detail will be released …READ MORE
The Air Force Wednesday identified 4,500 additional civilian positions to be eliminated as part its effort to meet the Pentagon’s directive to trim civilian funding to fiscal 2010 levels. The move follows the service’s November announcement that it would eliminate 9,000 civilian positions while adding 5,900 in priority areas, and marks the end of the Air Force’s restructuring of its civilian workforce for FY 2012 …READ MORE
The Army National Guard and Arizona State University are partnering to offer an online graduate program in sustainability leadership. Officials held a signing ceremony last week to recognize the collaboration to develop five courses that will lead to a graduate certificate …READ MORE
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer called on Army Secretary John McHugh to approve construction of a co-generation steam and electric plant at Watervliet Arsenal under an enhanced use lease that is needed to attract hundreds of jobs to the site located outside of Albany. The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership, the local development corporation for the arsenal, has proposed building the plant to support tenants that have high-power needs …READ MORE
Fort Meade will gain a total of 2,800 workers due to the growth of U.S. Cyber Command headquarters and the services’ own cyber activities, according to new data released by Anne Arundel County, Md. About 1,000 workers are expected by the end of fall 2012 at the installation located between Baltimore and Washington, and an additional 1,800 are expected by the end of 2016 …READ MORE