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  • Hampton Roads Able to Withstand Joint Forces Closure

    The overall impact on the Hampton Roads economy from the disestablishment of Joint Forces Command is estimated to range from $200 million to $300 million a year, a significantly smaller blow than was originally forecast when the Pentagon first announced its intention to close the command last August. The region now is expected to lose no more than 2,000 jobs, with most of those affecting contractors …

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  • Republican Lawmakers Vow to Protect Pentagon Spending

    Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Rep. C.W. Bill Young, chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, plan to oppose any cuts to the Pentagon’s budget beyond those called for in the debt-limit deal’s initial round of reductions. The two chairmen say they have assembled a group of almost 40 Republican lawmakers to influence the joint congressional committee charged with drafting a plan to trim up to $1.5 trillion in savings from the federal budget …

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  • Panetta Warns of Debt-Limit Agreement’s ‘Doomsday Mechanism’

    In a bid to head off “a further round of very dangerous cuts” to military spending, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a strong case Thursday for avoiding the automatic spending cuts that would kick in if Congress fails to enact a second round of budget reductions called for under the agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling …

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  • Male Military Spouses Face Extra Burden

    Just 5 percent of active duty service members’ civilian spouses are male, a statistic which helps explain why male spouses find it so difficult to fit into support networks for military spouses. Clearly, male spouses face added challenges, a University of Denver research professor …

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