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Apparently the stakes aren’t high enough for the congressional debt supercommittee. The reason why the panel appears unlikely to reach a deficit reduction deal is the lack of urgency, according to a story in Friday’s Washington Post. Unlike the previous crises Congress faced earlier this year, missing this week’s deadline will not cause an immediate calamity …READ MORE
A second round of civilian personnel cuts throughout the Air Force reportedly will be announced before the end of the year or early next year, according to the Warner Robins Patriot. When it announced earlier this month that it was eliminating 9,000 civilian positions as part of a reorganization intended to freeze the civilian workforce at FY 2010 levels, the Air Force said it would begin identifying 4,500 additional civilian positions to trim …READ MORE
A 430-acre site at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant could become the new home of the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, following the conclusion of negotiations between the team, Ramsey County and the General Services Administration. On Tuesday, the county approved an offer to purchase the site, located north of St. Paul, for a Vikings stadium for about $28.5 million …READ MORE
The ADC 2011 Annual Conference offered a useful proving ground to test the lessons of the 2006 book about decentralized management, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, writes the Army’s Craig College. Conference speakers from community organizations, particularly ones supporting service members and their families, typically exhibited the traits common to the leaders of starfish organizations …READ MORE
Ardent supporters of the military, a group which includes many veterans and retirees, probably are torn over whether to root for the success of the congressional debt supercommittee, according to a column in Thursday’s Stars and Stripes. Success in passing a deficit reduction plan could bring a variety of cuts …READ MORE
Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, a 32-year Army veteran who has held a variety of command assignments at Forts Benning and Bragg, took charge of the Army’s Installation Management Command Thursday during a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Ferriter replaces Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who became the agency’s inaugural commander two years ago …READ MORE
With the BRAC 2005 implementation deadline already passed two months ago, DOD is requesting the Senate allow it a one-year extension for up to 10 recommendations. The request, part of the White House’s Statement of Administration Policy on the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, was released Thursday as the chamber began to debate the measure …READ MORE