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In a message Wednesday to all DOD personnel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta embraced the spending reductions called for under this week’s agreement to raise the debt ceiling, reaffirming the Pentagon’s stance that the department can contribute to the country’s effort to reduce its debt without jeopardizing national security …READ MORE
The Army will pay $20 million over the next 10 years to allow workers to clear munitions and explosives of concern at Camp Bonneville, Wash., under an agreement Clark County commissioners are expected to approve Tuesday. If the commissioners accept the two environmental services cooperative agreements, the county will become the project manager at the 102-year-old site and hire new contractors …READ MORE
President Obama Tuesday nominated Ashton Carter, DOD’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, to become the next deputy secretary of defense. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would replace William Lynn, who last month said he would step down as soon as a replacement is approved …READ MORE
The Columbus, Ga., metro area is starting to feel the impact of the thousands of soldiers, DOD civilians, contractors and dependents coming to Fort Benning as a result of BRAC, according to a quick survey conducted by the Ledger-Enquirer. A Columbus homebuilder is attributing 60 of the 200-plus home sales he is expecting this year to BRAC growth …READ MORE
While the Pentagon may avoid painful reductions under the initial round of spending cuts called for under the debt limit agreement, the prospect remains that automatic spending cuts would be imposed for all agencies if Congress fails to approve at least $1.2 trillion in cuts in the deal’s second round. In that event, budget reductions would be split equally between defense and non-defense programs, adding up to $600 billion in defense cuts to those already made …READ MORE