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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is getting quite a send-off this week in preparation for his retirement today from the Pentagon and public service. Farewell dinners hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday and the president and the first lady on Wednesday culminate with a formal armed forces farewell tribute outside the Pentagon Thursday …READ MORE
A plan to shed thousands of unneeded federal properties would cost the government money over the next 10 years, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis — requested by Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee — looked at the administration’s proposal for creating a civilian BRAC commission …READ MORE
The Oxnard City Council should postpone a vote expected to approve a 1,500-home development near Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu if lawmakers don’t want to lose 7,000 civilian jobs and suffer other harmful economic effects, according to a commentary in the Ventura County Star …READ MORE
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue will hold regional military summits in four host communities this summer to assess the military’s impact on local economic development and find out where community shortfalls exist regarding infrastructure, encroachment, education and workforce. “The goal is to get critical information and data from our four major military clusters and their surrounding communities …READ MORE
Recommended BRAC spending levels in the fiscal 2012 spending bill approved Monday by the Senate Milcon Appropriations Subcommittee match the president’s budget request but vary slightly from the House version, leaving a little room for negotiation when Congress reconciles the two chambers’ proposals. The Senate subcommittee calls for spending $259 million for BRAC 2005 and $324 million for the BRAC 1990 account …READ MORE
The pending closures of Forts McPherson and Gillem are adding thousands of homes to an already saturated housing market in the Atlanta area. As a result, military and civilian workers with ties to the two posts are being forced to take heavy losses, if they are able to sell their homes at all …READ MORE