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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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
Balfour Beatty Communities LLC will construct 564 townhomes at Fort Bliss, Texas, and renovate 220 homes at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., as part of an expansion effort at its family housing projects at the two sites. The work, which is expected to be completed in 2014, comes in response to a significant increase in military strength at both installations …READ MORE
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