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Ashton Carter’s nomination gained approval Wednesday from the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the Pentagon’s next deputy secretary. The full Senate could take up Carter’s nomination next week …READ MORE
DOD’s effort to slash several hundred billion dollars from of its spending plans is ongoing and no decisions on cuts have been made to date, Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. “I am committed to making these decisions based on the best advice that I receive from the service secretaries and from the service chiefs as well as the combatant commanders …READ MORE
Since lawmakers reached agreement on a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling early last month, Pentagon leaders and elected officials have focused on the onerous automatic cuts in defense spending that would occur if the congressional deficit reduction committee created under the agreement fails to find at least $1.2 trillion in overall budget savings over the next 10 years. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, for one, has been quite clear about the “potentially devastating” impact to the military that would follow automatic cuts …READ MORE
After holding final inactivation ceremonies last week, officials are getting Onizuka Air Force Station ready to host at least three new tenants. The Sunnyvale, Calif., facility was closed under BRAC, with its satellite command and control mission transferred to Vandenberg AFB …READ MORE
House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon is working on a strategy to show fellow Republicans how additional cuts to DOD’s budget under last month’s debt ceiling agreement would cause serious harm to national security. McKeon’s goal is to hold the line on reductions in defense spending to the $350 billion in cuts over the next 10 years called for under the deal’s initial round …READ MORE
While noting that the campaign to reduce the nation’s debt will force the military to reexamine its roles and missions, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said the service is committed to maintaining an Air Force presence in each state, including at least one active-duty, Reserve or Air National Guard unit. “This reflects our commitment to the total force, our ongoing efforts to find the right balance between our active-duty and our Air Reserve component forces …READ MORE