ADC is launching a new program at this year’s summit with a focus on the ideas and issues that are key to strengthening the foundation of readiness for our military and communities.
Read the official press release and learn more about the Great American Defense Communities program.
ADC’s 2019 Annual Report provides a look back at 2018 and shares exciting 2019 news and updates.
As a number of House appropriators, including Democrats and Republicans, clamor for the chamber’s leaders to reconsider the ban on earmarks, senior House Republicans insist the matter has been settled. A common refrain among appropriators is that the House should clarify the definition of an earmark, reports Roll Call. One problem likely to surface during the appropriations process is project-based spending bills, including the ones that allocate spending for civil works and transportation projects …READ MORE
Communities across the nation should support service members leaving active duty, for their potential as employees and to meet their diverse needs, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Association of Counties earlier this month. The priorities for personnel as leave the service, with some continuing to rely on the Veterans Affairs Department for assistance, will be education, health care and employment, Mullen said …READ MORE
About 28,000 service members, civilians and family members will be moving to Fort Benning by the time BRAC changes are complete, with the majority of families moving between May and July. One city in Alabama across the Georgia border from Benning is hoping to grow substantially as a result of the new missions coming to the post …READ MORE
Bipartisan negotiations led by the White House to reach a deal on full-year spending bill for fiscal 2011 have gone nowhere so far, leaving uncertain the timeframe or structure of a possible agreement. Beyond the wide gulf between Republicans and Democrats on how much money should be trimmed from spending this year, another stumbling block may be a series of policy provisions conservative House Republicans included in the full-year spending package the House passed Feb. 19 …READ MORE
For the second time in two weeks, a House member is using a comment by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to make a point about a new BRAC round. On Friday, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) took a stand against an impending BRAC, announcing that she had sent a letter to the chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, Randy Forbes (R-Va.), to express her concern over any base closure discussions that are under way …READ MORE
Leaders representing Virginia Beach, Va., are pressing state lawmakers to restore $7.5 million in the coming year’s budget for purchasing land to protect Naval Air Station Oceana from encroachment. The funds represent the state’s share of a $15-million-a-year program launched in 2007 after the BRAC Commission considered closing the air station over concerns about the impact of surrounding residential development on flight training …READ MORE
Members of the military seeking to start or expand a business would gain priority access to small loans, under one of three bills Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor (D) introduced last week to support service members and their communities. The Patriot Express Authorization Act would turn a successful Small Business Administration pilot program that provides high-guarantee, express loans to active and non-active military personnel, veterans, spouses, children, and widows or widowers into a permanent program …READ MORE
A new précis by the Army Corps of Engineers detailing numerous ways for installations to improve energy efficiency, conserve resources and reduce waste makes it clear that there is no single path to sustainability, rather “one that runs in may directions at once.” The new $870 million community hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va. — one element of the Walter Reed realignment — features two swooped roofs that will collect up to 140,000 gallons of rainwater in underground cisterns for landscaping irrigation …READ MORE