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Senate Republicans would like to pass several, smaller bundles of fiscal 2012 spending bills, rather than combining all 12 measures needed to fund the federal government into one gigantic omnibus. At this point, it is not clear which approach Senate Democrats favor …READ MORE
Maryland is trying to become the “epicenter” of the nation’s cyber security efforts, the state’s top economic development official said last week. The Pentagon’s decision to establish U.S. Cyber Command headquarters at Ft. Meade one year ago creates enormous potential for business development …READ MORE
The Air Force last week closed on a deal with Forest City Military Communities to privatize family housing at the service’s four Southern Group bases — Arnold AFB, Tenn.; Charleston and Shaw AFBs, S.C.; and Keesler AFB, Miss. The deal, valued at $308.1 million in development costs, provides new and renovated housing for 2,185 military families using only $23.4 million in appropriated funds …READ MORE
In his last day in office, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III delivered a speech warning of the pitfalls associated with a defense slowdown. Past efforts to fortify the nation’s finances by slashing defense spending have failed, he said …READ MORE
A new study by the Pew Research Center documents the growing gap between military personnel and the general public. Some 84 percent of post-9/11veterans say the public does not understand the problems faced by those in the military or their families …READ MORE
The city of Tustin is extending the deadline until Nov. 4 for developers to express interest in purchasing a 25-acre parcel at the former MCAS Tustin, located in the heart of Orange County, Calif. In August, the city advertised the sale of five parcels totaling 113 acres at the Tustin Legacy project, including Disposition Package 2B …READ MORE
Fiscal year 2012 funding for the Office of Economic Adjustment would climb by $31 million over last year’s allocation, under the defense spending bill the Senate Appropriations Committee approved last month. OEA would receive $81.8 million, matching the administration’s budget request …READ MORE