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President of 21st Century Partnership steps down

STAFF REPORT, breaking@macon.com The president and chief executive officer of the 21st Century Partnership, an organization that helps protect the regional …

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Turning of the tide

To the men and women of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and AFGE Local 987 at Robins Air Force …

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Promoting a future in engineering with Team Robins

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 11/20/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — For prospective college graduates who have studied computer science or …

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Fort Walton Beach, Fla. recognized for awarding grants to veteran-owned businesses

By Heath Druzin, Stars and Stripes A small city in Florida that hosted a veteran-focused entrepreneurial program is now ranked as one …

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Authorization Bill Heads Back to President for Second Time

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday signed a revised version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization …

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Despite Spending Deal, Pentagon Still Must Cope with Long-Term Budget Pressure

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Top DOD officials and defense hawks for the most part breathed a sigh of relief after congressional …

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BRAC

Ft. Sill’s Population to Rise Slightly over Next Two Years

The population at Fort Sill is scheduled to grow by more than 400 personnel by the end of 2017 as …

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Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities

Military hospital commanders warned lawmakers on Wednesday against making drastic changes to a military health care system that allows a …

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Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities

Military hospital commanders warned lawmakers on Wednesday against making drastic changes to a military health care system that allows a …

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Abilene to Apply for Grant to Upgrade Visitors Control Center at Dyess AFB

The Abilene Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee plans to apply for a $1.75 million grant from the Texas Military …

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Commission Recommends Consolidation of Army Schools, Other Facilities

The Army should carry out a comprehensive review of its school system with the aim of identifying opportunities to consolidate …

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New Tool to Help Contractors, Washington State Agencies Respond to Defense Cutbacks

The state of Washington has completed development of an economic planning model aimed at helping defense contractors, and state and …

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New Tool to Help Contractors, Washington State Agencies Respond to Defense Cutbacks

The state of Washington has completed development of an economic planning model aimed at helping defense contractors, and state and …

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New Highway Ramp to Provide Relief for Mark Center Commuters in Northern Virginia

Traffic relief promised to defense workers at the Mark Center, which opened in August 2011 to house thousands of DOD …

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New Highway Ramp to Provide Relief for Mark Center Commuters in Northern Virginia

Traffic relief promised to defense workers at the Mark Center, which opened in August 2011 to house thousands of DOD …

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City, County to Contribute Funding to Relocate Armory to MCLB Albany

The Albany City (Ga.) and Dougherty County commissions at a rare joint meeting Tuesday approved the local share of funding …

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State Lawmaker Wants to Make Georgia More Friendly to Military Families

The minority leader of the Georgia House plans to introduce legislation shortly requiring the state to carry out many of …

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Innovation Forum to Feature Interviews with Senior Installation Officials

Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for next month in Charleston, S.C., will feature one-on-one interviews with senior installation officials from …

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Apartments to Replace Office Building in Northern Virginia

LCOR, a Berwyn, Pa.-based investment, management and development real estate firm, is set to begin construction this month on a …

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San Antonio Health Care Facilities Look to Retain Separating Personnel

San Antonio has become one of the leading health care destinations in the nation, and as the military trims the …

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Legislation Would Create Military Affairs Commission in Nebraska

A bill introduced this week in the Nebraska Legislature would establish a state Military and Veterans Commission in a move …

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Legislation Would Create Military Affairs Commission in Nebraska

A bill introduced this week in the Nebraska Legislature would establish a state Military and Veterans Commission in a move …

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ADC Seeking Board Nominations

Looking for a chance to lend your expertise to help guide the future of ADC? Then consider applying to be …

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Addressing Excess Capacity Would Help Army’s Dollars Go Further, Halverson Says

Congressional authority to shed unneeded facilities, including a new BRAC round, would go a long way toward helping the Army …

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County to Open Motor Vehicle Branch on Ft. Carson

El Paso County is planning to open a motor vehicle branch on Fort Carson, Colo., in the spring of 2016, …

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Brunswick LRA Unveils Plaque Commemorating Air Station’s Legacy

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and two local organizations last month unveiled a plaque at the former Naval Air Station …

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Milcon Secures Major Gain under FY‘16 Omnibus

Spending on military construction and family housing programs this year will jump by $1.4 billion over fiscal 2015 to $8.2 …

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Wittman to Pursue Virginia Governor’s Race in 2017

Rep. Rob Wittman (R), who has opposed a new BRAC round since taking over the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee …

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Texas Awards $14M to Four Communities to Ward off BRAC

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission last week awarded $14.1 million to four Texas communities for projects intended to bolster the …

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Texas Awards $14M to Four Communities to Ward off BRAC

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission last week awarded $14.1 million to four Texas communities for projects intended to bolster the …

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Grant Competition Focuses on Military Value

In prioritizing applications from 15 defense communities for up to $15 million in grants for infrastructure projects and other initiatives …

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Grant Competition Focuses on Military Value

In prioritizing applications from 15 defense communities for up to $15 million in grants for infrastructure projects and other initiatives …

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Navy Welcomes Local Investment in Bases

With funding for military construction and facilities maintenance under tight constraints, the Navy’s top installations official says it’s a good …

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Small Adjustment in Federal Air Quality Standard Leaves Middle Georgia Breathing Easier

Fears that Middle Georgia would fail to meet new federal air quality standards and jeopardize the capacity for Robins Air …

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Omaha Leaders Look to Strengthen Position of Offutt AFB

In the face of a declining workforce and aging infrastructure at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha officials are looking at …

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Omaha Leaders Look to Strengthen Position of Offutt AFB

In the face of a declining workforce and aging infrastructure at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha officials are looking at …

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Embrace Change, Colorado Official Tells Defense Community Regional Forum

While defense community leaders tend to focus on a handful of looming uncertainties that could have significant impacts on local …

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Downturn Short-Lived Following Closure of NS Ingleside

Construction of new homes and apartments is surging in the city of Ingleside, Texas, while the school district is making …

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Texas Wages Campaign to Preserve Its Installations

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is counting on a pool of $30 million approved by the Legislature earlier this year …

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BRAC Still Required despite Budget Deal, Conger Says

The recent budget agreement will provide the Pentagon $56 billion in budget relief compared to the discretionary spending caps over …

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Texas ready to defend its military installations

BY DAVE MONTGOMERY, Posted on www.Star-Telegram.com AUSTIN- Fort Worth and other military communities in Texas and other states are preparing …

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Rep. Sam Farr, Defense Communities Ally, to Retire from Congress

California Rep. Sam Farr (D), a champion for defense community issues on both the national and local level since entering …

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Ballot Proposition Would Benefit Barksdale AFB, Northwest Louisiana Leaders Say

Leaders in northwest Louisiana are urging residents to approve a ballot proposition that would increase the hotel occupancy tax as …

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State Creates Position to Promote New Jersey Installations

The state of New Jersey on Tuesday created a new position to coordinate efforts to advocate on behalf of the …

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Over Governor’s Objection, State Votes to Purchase Leased Space for Team Orlando

The Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted to purchase almost 10 acres of land in central Florida that hosts a number …

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Visa Program Benefiting Redevelopment Projects under Scrutiny of Lawmakers

Lawmakers are considering tightening a federal program which has provided a significant source of financing for base redevelopment projects in …

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Visa Program Benefiting Redevelopment Projects under Scrutiny of Lawmakers

Lawmakers are considering tightening a federal program which has provided a significant source of financing for base redevelopment projects in …

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School Upgrades Aimed at Supporting Ft. Rucker

Enterprise City Schools are undergoing $27 million worth of upgrades to improve facilities and enhance security as part of an …

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School Upgrades Aimed at Supporting Ft. Rucker

Enterprise City Schools are undergoing $27 million worth of upgrades to improve facilities and enhance security as part of an …

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Mohawk Valley Keep Its Eye on Air Force Lab

Despite Congress’ rejection of the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2017, leaders in New York’s Mohawk Valley remain …

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Mohawk Valley Keep Its Eye on Air Force Lab

Despite Congress’ rejection of the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2017, leaders in New York’s Mohawk Valley remain …

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South Mississippi Leaders Highlight Need to Preserve Area Bases

A group of South Mississippi leaders has started making the case for the area’s military installations, ahead of a possible …

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JLL to Market Former Maryland Army Installation

PenMar Development Corp., the state-designated redevelopment authority that had been planning to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie, has hired JLL …

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Obama Rejects Defense Bill, Saying It Falls ‘Woefully Short’

As he had warned congressional Republicans for much of the year, President Obama on Thursday vetoed the fiscal 2016 defense …

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Report Details Local Impacts from Army Force Reductions

The loss of 1,000 or more soldiers at six posts following the Army’s latest round of restructuring would be accompanied …

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McCain Expresses Regrets over Past BRAC Recommendations

In resisting the Obama administration’s request to approve one or more BRAC rounds each of the past four years, lawmakers …

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Army Bases Bleed, Then BRAC Comes

WASHINGTON: Congress hates base closures, known as BRAC. But it turns out you don’t need a Base Realignment And Closure …

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Excess Capacity Expected to Reach 21 Percent, Army Says

Force reductions shrinking the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018 will …

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It’s ‘Connecticut’s Submarine Century,’ Governor Declares

Navy and local officials gathered at Naval Submarine Base New London on Friday to mark the start of a yearlong …

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With UAS Mission Raising Its Profile, Grand Forks AFB Could Regain Tankers, Senator Says

The growing presence of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at Grand Forks Air Force Base could lead to the Pentagon to …

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BRAC is Not the Answer, Hampton Roads Congressional Delegation Insists

When it comes to BRAC, the four Virginia congressmen from the southeastern part of the state are in complete agreement …

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Partnership Works to Sustain Robins AFB, Bolster Surrounding Region

The next BRAC round may not be on the calendar but the 21st Century Partnership believes its mission to promote …

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Partnership Works to Sustain Robins AFB, Bolster Surrounding Region

The next BRAC round may not be on the calendar but the 21st Century Partnership believes its mission to promote …

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Aberdeen Proving Ground Support Group Gains New Chief

Harford County, Md., has hired Daniel Whipp, a Marine Corps veteran, to lead the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC), …

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Aberdeen Proving Ground Support Group Gains New Chief

Harford County, Md., has hired Daniel Whipp, a Marine Corps veteran, to lead the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC), …

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New Bridge to Secure Future of West Virginia Air Guard Base

State and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for a $6.2 million bridge that provides a new access …

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Southeast Leaders Discuss Uncertainty Facing Defense Communities at ADC Forum

Speakers at ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday discussed a variety of ways communities can prepare …

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Defense Bill Advances toward Threatened Veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture Thursday on the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, …

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Defense Bill Removes Hurdles for BRAC Sites to Take Advantage of HUBZone Program

The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill provides a tremendous boost to base redevelopment projects attempting to …

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Compromise Authorization Bill Calls for Excess Capacity Study

The Defense Department would be required to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to …

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Despite House-Senate Compromise, Defense Bill’s Fate Uncertain

The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Tuesday unveiled a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 …

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Defense Industry Adjustment Program Survives Conference Committee

DOD’s program for supporting communities coping with the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in defense spending …

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President Carter Played Role in Saving Connecticut Sub Base

On the 10th anniversary of the 2005 BRAC Commission’s final votes on the Pentagon’s closure and realignment recommendations, the Norwich …

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Job Growth to Accelerate at Port San Antonio, CEO Pledges

Port San Antonio CEO and President Roland Mower last week promised to add 5,000 jobs over the next five years …

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Marine Raiders Will Continue Deploying To Sea With MEUs

MARSOC will continue to support military operations in every theater across the globe, including missions from the sea, as Marine …

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Water Project Expected to Sustain San Antonio Bases into the Future

San Antonio leaders believe a new agreement with the local water authority to build 4 miles of pipeline will ensure …

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San Antonio Quickly Pivoted in the Wake of Kelly AFB’s Pending Closure

When the BRAC Commission announced 20 years ago that the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly Air Force Base …

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‘Time for a New BRAC,’ Principi Says

In a post marking the 10th anniversary of the final report of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Anthony …

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Congress Needs to Reconsider BRAC Stance, O’Hanlon Argues

Lawmakers have resisted many of the cost-saving reforms proposed by the Pentagon in recent years to cope with tight fiscal …

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The Telegraph: Isakson sees progress in VA system, makes BRAC comments

… On Tuesday, Isakson also addressed the potential of a new Base Realignment and Closure Commission. He said he does …

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Base Redevelopment Forum to Feature Special Track for LRA Board Members

ADC’s 3rd Annual Base Redevelopment Forum, which will run from Oct. 21-23 in San Antonio, will feature a new format …

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High-Tech Workforce Represents Key Asset for Massachusetts Bases

Massachusetts officials are highlighting the state’s concentration of high-tech talent, including academic and industry resources, as the state promotes its …

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DOD’s Fiscal Straits Unlikely to Improve, Washington Lawmakers Tell Forum

Two Washington state lawmakers offered a downcast outlook for the defense budget and the prospects for Congress to alleviate the …

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Northwest Community Leaders Prepare for Defense Changes at ADC Regional Forum

At the two-day Defense Community Regional Forum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., this week, community and industry leaders are discussing …

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The Past Lingers at Two Former Airfields

A North Carolina fine art photographer drawn to long-forgotten, abandoned places has released a series of photos of decaying buildings …

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ADC Welcomes Five New Board Members

Five new directors representing a range of defense communities and private sector firms have joined the ADC board following the …

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Virginia Installations Poised for Growth, Governor’s Commission Concludes

There are a variety of actions Virginia officials can take — including investing in infrastructure on and outside military bases, …

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Inside Defense: Panel Eyes Update On Study To Save Billions Of Dollars On Real Property

A Defense Business Board task group will provide an update today on an ongoing effort to find ways the Defense …

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Fargo Leaders Highlight Assets of ‘Hooligans’

Leaders from the Fargo, N.D., business community believe this week’s visit by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James strengthened the …

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Public Service Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Marine Corps Base

The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved the construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base …

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Conference Agreement on Defense Bill May Be Delayed

Lawmakers’ goal to hash out a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill before Congress’ August recess may …

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‘Battle’ against future budget cuts to Army, Fort Benning under way

BY TONY ADAMS tadams@ledger-enquirer.com The way Brian Anderson sees it, now is not a moment for taking a deep breath …

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Army Cuts Could Place Housing Bonds at Risk, Ratings Agency Says

The Army’s latest round of restructuring, which is designed to shrink the service’s end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers …

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Connecticut Military Affairs Office Keeps Sights on Sub Base

Connecticut’s Office Military Affairs (OMA) has begun to evolve after it was first created eight years ago, but its primary …

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BRAC Coming Soon, Principi Says

A new BRAC round is closer than ever, with Congress certain to approve the next round by 2019, Anthony Principi, …

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It’s Time to ‘Fortify Our Bases,’ New Jersey Officials Say

With the looming threat of either a new BRAC round or the loss of critical missions due to belt-tightening at …

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McCain Worried about President’s Veto Threat on Policy Bill

The fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill includes critical reforms to the military retirement system and DOD’s procurement process and will …

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Defense Bill Conference Talks on Fast Track

Members of the House-Senate conference committee negotiating a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill are hoping to …

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Executives Concerned about Impact of Ft. Benning Cuts on Local Real Estate Market

The conversion of a brigade combat team at Fort Benning into a much smaller maneuver battalion task force as the …

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Communities Likely to Recover from Loss of Military Presence, Researcher Says

As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato …

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Congressional Tide Has Turned on BRAC, Smith Says

Congressional opposition to approving a new round of base closures is loosening, even as this year’s Congress has resisted the …

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Pending Army Cuts Underscore Changing Attitudes about BRAC

With the Army expected this week to identify up to 30 installations that could lose thousands of personnel, defense communities …

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Florida Grants to Help Communities Strengthen Local Installations

Thirteen defense communities in Florida will receive more than $3 million to enhance 19 installations through a variety of activities, …

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Conger’s Nomination to Comptroller’s Office Stuck for Now

John Conger’s wait before the Senate votes on his nomination to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller could …

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Planning Board Postpones Votes on Zoning Changes outside Moody AFB

The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission this week tabled several zoning changes involving property outside Moody Air Force Base due to …

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Highway Interchange at Former March AFB Honors Region’s Historical Military Role

The Inland Empire region of Southern California lacked a significant tribute to the role played by the military over the …

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Community

Perdue makes first official visit to Robins

Global security and the nation’s debt crisis were top concerns addressed by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., during a visit …

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Fort Walton Beach, Fla. recognized for awarding grants to veteran-owned businesses

By Heath Druzin, Stars and Stripes A small city in Florida that hosted a veteran-focused entrepreneurial program is now ranked as one …

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Veterans Would Receive Free Public Education under Massachusetts Bill

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Legislation introduced in the Massachusetts House would eliminate any gaps in federal G.I. benefits allowing veterans to …

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VA Initiative to Expand Employment, Education Opportunities at the Community Level

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Department of Veterans Affairs is doubling the number of communities it will include in a program …

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Tech Expo slated for Oct. 20

The 78th Air Base Wing Communication Directorate is partnering with Air Force Reserve Command, the 116th Air Control Wing, the …

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Arkansas Governor Establishes Panel to Promote State’s Military Installations

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday created a committee to support and promote the state’s military installations and related …

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OEA Grant to Fund Workforce Diversification Effort in Southwest Ohio

The Dayton, Ohio, region has been awarded a $7.0 million grant by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help diversify …

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Boeing to convert its Macon military plant to a commercial airplane facility

By Linda Morris, Posted on www.macon.com The Boeing Co. will invest $81.7 million to convert its existing military facility in …

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Long-awaited dredging begins in Savannah River’s outer channel

By: Mary Carr Mayle Posted on www.businesssavannah.com The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey vessel Georgia left the docks at …

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Local Initiative Provides Pennsylvania Depot Opportunity for Expansion

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Local leaders and officials from Tobyhanna Army Depot last month celebrated the transfer of a 40-acre parcel …

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Departures Slated to Begin Shortly at Ft. Benning

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Less than two months after the Army outlined a restructuring plan for shrinking its active-duty end strength …

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New Year Ushers in New Funding for Texas Program Supporting Installations

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With state funding to help support local installations available for the first time in years, defense communities …

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The Telegraph: Robins AFB buffer project heading toward 300 property buys

… Several Georgia and county agencies have agreed that they want to reduce the number of people who live in …

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Charlie Stenner on the 21st Century Partnership

CEO of the 21st Century Partnership Charlie Stenner talks about the Partnership and what it does to advocate for Robins …

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B-17 vets honored as museum displays pieces of ‘Miss Liberty Belle’

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW WARNER ROBINS — The Museum of Aviation on Friday celebrated an event that was 33 years in …

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Fruge-Cirilli elected as Association Old Crows National President

ELECTION RESULTS: AOC 2015 Board of Directors The AOC would like to sincerely thank those of you who participated in …

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Georgia GUARD Initiative – Meeting Information

GUARD Initiative – Meeting Information The Guard Initiative is the umbrella effort by the State of Georgia to protect DoD …

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State tax break helps keep military retirees in Ohio

By Barrie Barber and Jim Otte, Dayton Daily News, Ohio DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — State efforts to attract military …

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S.C. Legislature Approves Seven Bills Aiding Service Members, Veterans

A measure establishing a committee to assess the state’s delivery of veterans services was one of seven bills the South …

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Air Force Birthday celebration slated for Sept. 19

The 68th Anniversary Air Force Ball will take place Sept. 19 at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight hangar. …

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State Lawmakers Eye Military Retirees

Note from the editor: Robins AFB retiree payroll was $699M in FY14, the highest ever, according to the base’s economic impact …

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Odierno Remains Anxious over Army’s Declining End Strength

Posted on defensecommunities.com Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Wednesday warned that the service risks sacrificing its long-term …

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At Chattanooga remembrence, SecDef vows to protect troops

By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer, Posted on www.airforcetimes.com CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — One month after the fatal shooting of four Marines …

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ACC: High op tempo is taking a toll on airmen

By Phillip Swarts, Staff writer Last year saw 18,745 Air Combat Command airmen deploy to 101 countries in support of U.S. …

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Base POW/MIA recognition ceremony Sept. 17

Team Robins will remember and honor the sacrifice of America’s prisoners of war and those missing in action during the …

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Museum of Aviation announces date of B-17 arrival in Warner Robins

On Aug. 21 people in Warner Robins will have a chance to see a historic World War II airplane rolling …

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Ocmulgee Monument, threats to freedom among topics at Coffee with Congressmen event

U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott joined members of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning for …

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AFMC commander highlights new AFMC mission/vision, family

Without a culture of respect and resilience, Airmen can’t carry forward the Air Force’s core missions of air and space …

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Atlanta to Launch Planning Process for Remaining Acreage at Ft. McPherson

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With the sale of about two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry complete, the …

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Defense secretary calls for review of security policies

By Kevin Freking, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that …

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Savannah port dredging ‘shifts into high gear’ with September dig date

By Greg Bluestein, Posted on www.AJC.com The $706 million deepening of Savannah’s harbor and waterway is set to begin in September …

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Services to Consider Additional Force Protection Measures in Wake of Tennessee Shootings

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved “immediate force protection steps” following last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four …

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Solar Project at Robins AFB Falls behind Schedule

Plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base through an enhanced use lease have fallen behind …

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‘Battle’ against future budget cuts to Army, Fort Benning under way

BY TONY ADAMS tadams@ledger-enquirer.com The way Brian Anderson sees it, now is not a moment for taking a deep breath …

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Correction

A story in Wednesday’s Telegraph about the state House District 146 candidate forum incorrectly identified the chamber of commerce. It …

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*Event Reminder* VA secretary coming to Macon

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW wcrenshaw@macon.com Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald will be in Macon on July 1 and veterans …

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Changing of the Guard: New commanders scheduled to take reins of base units

There will be several leadership changes happening across Robins Air Force Base in the next few weeks. 461st Air Control …

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Officials say deeply personal information in hackers’ hands

By KEN DILANIAN and TED BRIDIS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military …

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Flying Fortress hopes led Air Force retiree to Museum of Aviation

WARNER ROBINS — A lot of people are excited about a B-17 bomber finally coming to the Museum of Aviation …

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Central Ga. leaders travel to Tinker for Air Force ceremony

By Lorra Lynch-Jones, Posted on www.13wmaz.com Several leaders in the Robins Air Force Base community flew to Tinker Air Force …

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Museum of Aviation confirms B-17 coming in August

WARNER ROBINS — The Museum of Aviation expects to get a long-sought prize later this summer. Click to Continue »

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FireStarter Entrepreneur Initiative

Flint Energies, in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce and the State of Georgia’s Small Business Week, has created the FireStarter Entrepreneur …

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Florida Approves Solar Farms at Three Military Airfields

The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gulf Power’s plans to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar …

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Commanders give community overall view at State of the Base event

Robins Air Force Base leadership took to the stage April 8 as part of a Robins State of the Base …

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New scorecard shows 10-year progress of the Macon Now initiative

To celebrate the 10th year of an economic development initiative called Macon Now, the Macon Economic Development Commission and the …

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Darius Rucker to perform for Independence Day Celebration

Darius Rucker will be the performer for the 33rd annual Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration on July 3. Col. Chris …

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DOD Intervention Needed to Fully Leverage Partnership Authorities, Paper Says

The military services are increasingly relying on public-private and public-public partnerships (P4s) to enhance the military value of bases and …

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State settles whistleblower case with former 21st Century Partnership leader

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia will pay nearly a half-million dollars to settle a woman’s claims that she was …

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Companies looking to expand eyeing Bibb County

Eleven new projects have been brought to the Macon Economic Development Commission since last month. Click to Continue »

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OEA Grant to Fund Study of Georgia’s Aerospace, Defense Sectors

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is launching a study of the state’s aerospace and defense industries and how they …

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Millennials leaving government over lack of innovation, study finds

By Jory Heckman Federal News Radio If federal agencies want to get ahead of the shutdown culture in Washington and attract …

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AF requirements, Robins future top PEO discussions

Delivering more Air Force capabilities on time and at less cost was a central message of the 2015 Program Executive …

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Students enjoy Dixie Crows Symposium at Museum of Aviation

People stared and pointed as the red and white drone circled overhead. Click to Continue »

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Building blocks to regional economic security

I believe Middle Georgia is truly one of the most patriotic, friendly and welcoming communities that I have had the …

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Not the SAME old song and dance: Robins works with Mercer – shares knowledge, exposes students to STEM career fields

3/20/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Mentoring the next generation of engineers, establishing and fostering relationships, and improving and protecting the security …

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Crows to host 40th symposium

The Dixie Crows chapter of the Association of Old Crows will host its 40th annual Technical Symposium Sunday through Thursday. …

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Dixie Crow EW/IO Technical Symposium XL, 22-26 March 2015, Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, GA

The Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows is proud to announce their 40th Annual Dixie Crow EW/IO …

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Army Moving Ahead with Community-Military Partnerships under New Rules

Language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill is spurring the Army to fully embrace an authority first enacted two …

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BRAC Process Would Help VA Replace Obsolete Facilities

Veterans Affairs officials have concluded the agency is badly in need of a BRAC-like process that would allow it to …

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New Group Intends to Serve as Forum for Existing Veterans Providers

A new membership organization intended to serve as a resource for existing veterans groups through information-sharing and increased collaboration formally …

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Helping Hands: Event brings base, local clergy together

It’s about building a collaborative and ongoing relationship between Robins and local clergy members and faith-based organizations in the community, …

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Third-graders simulate world economy at museum

Hundreds of small-business owners came to the Museum of Aviation on Thursday to sell their wares. Click to Continue »

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Warner Robins named No. 2 place for engineers

WARNER ROBINS — The Warner Robins metropolitan region is the second-best place in the country for engineers, the website Nerd …

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Forging base, community ties

Community leaders were inducted as Team Robins Honorary Commanders in a ceremony Tuesday at the Museum of Aviation’s Eagle Building. …

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Annual dental conference grows, saves money

An annual dental conference Feb. 19 and 20 at the Museum of Aviation drew a crowd of more than 300 …

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2015 Chief Recognition Ceremony

The 2015 Chief Recognition Ceremony and dinner will be conducted Feb. 21 at  6 p.m. in the Museum of Aviation …

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TSA agents gone from Macon until passenger flights resume

While the search continues for a new commercial passenger carrier at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, the Transportation Security Administration agents …

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Contracting made simple at PEO R&O

Contracting made simple at PEO R&O Posted 2/6/2015   Updated 2/6/2015 Email story   Print story Robins Public Affairs 2/6/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, …

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Reichert predicts bright future for Macon-Bibb, but budget worries remain

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert gave a consistently upbeat, energetic assessment of the year-old consolidated government’s progress and prospects Thursday …

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Education Notebook: Georgia College hosting science and engineering fair

College hosting science, engineering fair Elementary, middle and high school students will share their scientific findings during Georgia College’s 38th …

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Legislation

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Deputy Secretary Work and Gen. Selva on the FY 2017 Defense Department Budget Request in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE BOB WORK:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for joining us as we roll out the FY 2017 …

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Budget Request Balances Resources, Capabilities, Vice Chairman Says

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget request represents “the best possible balance of capacity, capability and readiness investments based upon …

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Budget Request Balances Resources, Capabilities, Vice Chairman Says

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget request represents “the best possible balance of capacity, capability and readiness investments based upon …

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Deputy Secretary: Fiscal 2017 Budget Request Takes Long View

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget request sustains national security and defense strategies, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

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Understanding the Budget Worth the Time

The president’s FY 2017 defense budget request is strategy driven – meaning every capability funded in it is tied to …

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Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Addresses Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Terrorism

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 defense budget request highlights defending against challenges posed by Russia, China, Iran, North Korea …

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Comptroller: FY2017 Defense Budget Request Seeks Balance

Budgeteers had to maintain balance among compensation, readiness, modernization and size of the force, said Mike McCord, the department’s chief …

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Comptroller: FY2017 Defense Budget Request Seeks Balance

Budgeteers had to maintain balance among compensation, readiness, modernization and size of the force, said Mike McCord, the department’s chief …

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Watch Live at 1:30 p.m. EST: Defense Leaders to Discuss Proposed FY 2017 Defense Budget

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

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Watch Live at 1:30 p.m. EST: Defense Leaders to Discuss Proposed FY 2017 Defense Budget

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

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Department of Defense Press Briefings on the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Budget

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva will conduct …

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is traveling. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. …

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Carter Lays Out Proposed Marine Corps Budget Investments

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal would invest in assisting the Marine Corps as it faces potential broad-spectrum threats, …

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Carter Lays Out Proposed Marine Corps Budget Investments

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal would invest in assisting the Marine Corps as it faces potential broad-spectrum threats, …

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Carter Details Proposed 2017 Budget Capability Improvements for Navy

Previewing the fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlighted for sailors in San Diego the new …

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Carter Details Proposed 2017 Budget Capability Improvements for Navy

Previewing the fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlighted for sailors in San Diego the new …

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Three Reasons the 2017 Defense Budget Won’t Be Enough (And How to Fix It)

The responsible path is not the easy path, but there is bipartisan support for a stronger defense budget and ways …

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Watch Live at 6:55 p.m. EST: Carter to Speak to Troops

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to speak to troops at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., where he plans …

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Carter Highlights Investments in Navy Capabilities

Speaking to sailors during a visit to the USS Princeton, Defense Secretary Ash Carter outlined plans for investments in the …

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HASC Chair Signals Push For More OCO Funding

WASHINGTON: None of us knows many details about what’s in the last of the Obama defense budgets, but House Republicans …

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HASC Chair Signals Push For More OCO Funding

WASHINGTON: None of us knows many details about what’s in the last of the Obama defense budgets, but House Republicans …

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Remarks Previewing the FY 2017 Defense Budget

Thanks, David.  Appreciate it.  And good morning, everyone.  Appreciate you being here.  It’s a pleasure for me to be — …

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Carter Previews FY2017 Defense Budget Request

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said there are five evolving challenges that are addressed in the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget …

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Watch Live: Carter Makes Remarks on Defense Budget

Defense Secretary Ash Carter discusses “A Year of Change for the Future” in remarks about the Defense Department budget during …

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F-35A, LRSB, KC-46 Spark Spending Spike In 2020s: CSIS

WASHINGTON: The Air Force’s top priority programs — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Long Range Strike Bomber, and the …

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Defense Investors Eye Rising Budgets, Changing Business Strategies

The financial outlook for defense firms is complicated, with growing defense budgets potentially counteracted by outsized growth in other government …

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Defense Investors Eye Rising Budgets, Changing Business Strategies

The financial outlook for defense firms is complicated, with growing defense budgets potentially counteracted by outsized growth in other government …

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USAF Reserve Command KC-135 Stratotankers to undergo upgrades next month

The US Air Force (USAF) has revealed plans to begin the first Block 45 upgrades to its Air Force Reserve …

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McCain Loses To Appropriators, Threatens Russian RD-180 Ban

WASHINGTON: John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, believes fervently in the importance of the authorizing committees, those …

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JSTARS replacement programme receives US approval

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Milestone A phase of the multibillion-dollar programme to replace the ageing …

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JSTARS replacement programme receives US approval

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Milestone A phase of the multibillion-dollar programme to replace the ageing …

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Will Paris Attacks Spur Congress To Hike Defense Spending?

Though the president and congressional leadership have a two-year budget deal in hand that was touted for creating stability and …

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Authorization Bill Heads Back to President for Second Time

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday signed a revised version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization …

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Despite Spending Deal, Pentagon Still Must Cope with Long-Term Budget Pressure

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Top DOD officials and defense hawks for the most part breathed a sigh of relief after congressional …

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In Wake of Paris Attacks, McCain Attempts to Exempt DOD from Spending Caps

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday called for lifting the Budget Control Act caps on national security …

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Committee Resumes Consideration of Civilian Nominees

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, appears to have relented on his pledge …

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More Ships Can’t Save Overworked Navy; Basing Ships Abroad Can: CSBA

CAPITOL HILL: The Navy and Marines are deploying at a pace they can’t sustain, says a report released today.And no feasible …

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Five things you should know about the Defense bill

By Scott Maucione, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com After a dramatic showdown, the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill looks like it will finally …

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Senate Approval of Milcon Spending Bill Will Not Cut Short Negotiations over Omnibus

The Senate’s planned vote this week on a fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill won’t save Congress any time …

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Senate Approves Milcon Spending Bill in Unanimous Vote

The Senate on Tuesday approved the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill by a 93-0 vote, wrapping up debate …

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Obama Expected to Sign Policy Bill despite Guantánamo Restrictions

President Obama is expected to sign the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill even though it includes language that would prevent …

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Senate Reaches Agreement to Debate FY’16 Milcon Spending Bill

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Senate on Thursday voted to start debate on the military construction-veterans affairs spending bill, following an …

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Enactment of Defense Bill Should Ease Blockade of Civilian Nominees

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) this week indicated he would allow civilian nominations to the …

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Potential Remains for Political Bickering to Upset Plans for a 12-Bill Omnibus

Posted on www.defensecommunties.org With topline spending levels established in the two-year budget deal cleared last week, appropriators believe they can …

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House Opts to Move New Defense Bill Reflecting $5B Reduction

Posted on www.defensecommunties.org The House will take up a new version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill this week …

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Budget Agreement Leaves DOD $14B Short in FY’17, Work Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The two-year budget deal signed into law Monday by President Obama is good news for the Pentagon …

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Budget Deal Cleared, Next Step Will Be Shaping Omnibus

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Senate early Friday approved a two-year budget deal that will raise the defense and non-defense spending …

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Budget Deal Trims Bomber, Destroyer, Missile and Drone Programs

U.S. lawmakers wasted little time in identifying which programs to trim as part of a bipartisan budget deal that required …

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Budget Deal Trims Bomber, Destroyer, Missile and Drone Programs

U.S. lawmakers wasted little time in identifying which programs to trim as part of a bipartisan budget deal that required …

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Congress OKs bipartisan budget deal, but road ahead not easy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan budget accord Friday that staves off a destabilizing U.S. default, …

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Budget Agreement on Way to Senate

The two-year budget agreement is on course to reach President Obama’s desk soon, after the House easily approved the package …

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Budget Agreement Should Put Authorization Bill Back on Track

The bipartisan budget deal, by raising the discretionary spending caps for both defense and non-defense programs, should provide the fix …

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Budget Deal Gains Support of Defense Hawks

With the prospect of a significant boost in defense spending above the statutory budget caps under the bipartisan budget package …

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View this email in your browser Congressional Leaders near Agreement on Two-Year Deal Lifting Budget Caps

Negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House have produced a two-year budget deal that would raise the defense spending …

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Budget Deal May Be Required to Enact Defense Policy Bill

The next step following President Obama’s veto of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization last week will be an attempt by …

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House Divided: Budget Deal Passes, But HASC Leaders Split

UPDATED Deal passed, Forbes voted “no” WASHINGTON: With hours to go before the House vote on the budget deal — assuming …

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House Divided: Budget Deal Passes, But HASC Leaders Split

UPDATED Deal passed, Forbes voted “no” WASHINGTON: With hours to go before the House vote on the budget deal — assuming …

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Obama vetoes Defense authorization bill, puts pay raise in limbo

President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, jeopardizing troop salaries and putting in limbo plans …

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Defense Bill Requests Report on New Installations Organization at DOD

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With DOD’s newly formed installations and operational energy organization nearing its one-year old birthday, the Armed Services …

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First Step for Budget Negotiations is Identifying Offsets

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org One of the first goals of ongoing budget talks among congressional leaders and the White House aimed …

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Boehner Could Move Debt Ceiling Measure Soon

Posted on www.defensecommunities.com Ensuring the nation avoids a financial default looks to be one of the legislative priorities House Speaker …

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‘99 percent’ chance of veto for NDAA, congressional override unlikely

By Scott Maucione, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com The 2016 defense authorization bill officially passed through Congress Oct. 7 and now awaits what one …

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Defense bill passage tees up rare veto showdown

By Jeremy Herb and Austin Wright, Posted on www.politico.com Senate Republicans are daring President Barack Obama: Veto the annual defense …

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Senate Approves Defense Bill ahead of Anticipated Veto

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Senate on Wednesday cleared the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, setting up …

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Bipartisan Budget Talks Start out Slow

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Budget talks among House and Senate leadership staff and White House officials have made little headway as …

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Senate OKs defense bill with Army Cyber Command funding

By Wesley Brown, Posted on www.chronicle.augusta.com Funding for a new Army Cyber Command headquarters at Fort Gordon now rests in …

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Drawn-out budget fights hurt US defense communities

By Michael Cooper, Posted on www.thehill.com Investing in our country’s defense infrastructure is critical to sustaining missions, supporting military families …

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Obama: No more temporary spending bills, budget deal needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one …

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President Will Veto Authorization Bill, Carter Says

President Obama plans to veto the compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s …

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Congress Votes to Keep Government Open into December

With only hours to spare before the end of the fiscal year, the House on Wednesday approved a short-term continuing …

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Congressional Leaders Prepare for Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

Budget talks among the two parties began at the staff level this week at the White House, according to Democratic …

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Defense Bill Offers Compromises on Military Benefits

The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill offers a mixed bag for military families, trimming the basic …

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Pentagon Blocks JSTARS Move To Demo Phase

The Pentagon has denied the JSTARS recapitalization program approval to move into the next phase.        

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Boehner’s exit raises uncertainty on budget moves

House Speaker John Boehner’s unexpected resignation announcement sent lawmakers and lobbyists scrambling to understand what the move will mean for …

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Pentagon Warns 2 Million Troops, Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed …

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White House, Agencies Begin Prepping for ‘Executing an Orderly Shutdown’

Federal agencies submitted their shutdown plans to the White House in August as part of a new effort to plan …

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Senate Republicans Open to Budget Deal to Lift Spending Caps

With much of Capitol Hill focused on averting a government shutdown next Thursday, Senate Republicans say it is likely Majority …

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Path Appears to Open up for Congress to Approve ‘Clean’ CR

Republican leaders in both the House and Senate appear to have settled on strategies to clear a continuing resolution (CR) …

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Draft proposal calls for major revamp of DoD civilian personnel system

By Jared Serbu, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com A set of recommendations awaiting action from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter would significantly expand …

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McConnell wary of Murray-Ryan 2.0

By Alexander Bolton, Posted on www.thehill.com Democrats are working with a small group of Republican appropriators in a push for …

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Pentagon Bracing for Possibility Congress Relies on Full-Year CR

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org While remaining hopeful that lawmakers reach a budget agreement raising the spending caps for defense and non-defense …

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Deal to Raise Budget Caps Likely, McConnell Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Congress most likely will strike a deal relaxing the Budget Control Act spending caps to break this …

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House Strategy for Avoiding Shutdown Expected Soon

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With time running short before the Oct. 1 deadline for clearing a continuing resolution (CR) to keep …

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McCain Keeps DOD Nominees in Limbo

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday he would hold up civilian nominations to the …

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Democrats Remain Firm in Demands for Supporting CR

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Congressional leaders on Thursday crept closer to producing a fiscal 2016 continuing resolution (CR) needed to avert …

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Carter: Congressional Inaction on Defense Budget Is Dangerous and Embarrassing

U.S. defense secretary also calls on China to halt island-building, and touts coming personnel reforms.

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General Warns Budget Woes May Limit F-35 Purchases in 2016

The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says the fifth-generation aircraft is past the “slow and steady progress” …

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Defense Bill Remains on Schedule, Thornberry Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Despite the need to hash out differences over several issues centered on military benefits, Congress is on …

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White House Retreating from Budget Talks

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With Democrats the minority party in both chambers, many on Capitol Hill had expected President Obama and …

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Ultimatum funding bill calls for deal, cap raise ahead of possible shutdown

By Meredith Somers, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com Hoping to avoid another “16 shameful days” of a government shutdown, Rep. Chris Van …

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Continuing Resolution to avoid government shutdown likely, but a fiscal cliff still looms

By Sam Ufret, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com Congress has only 10 days left to pass a budget for fiscal year 2016 …

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Pentagon Orders Even More HQ Cuts, Infuriating Employees’ Union

By Charles Clark, Posted on www.defenseone.com With Congress and the White House still at loggerheads over the defense budget, Pentagon …

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US Lawmakers Still Wrangling Over Defense Bill

By Joe Gould, Posted on www.defensenews.com WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are still in negotiations over the National Defense Authorization Act, the …

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As Teams Vie For JSTARS, Raytheon Stays Above the Fray

The USAF’s effort to replace its JSTARS aircraft is in its infancy, but three industry teams are already competing        

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JSTARS: Air Force Taking Way Too Long To Replace Aging Radar Planes

By Loren Thompson, Posted on www.forbes.com When it comes to buying weapons, the U.S. government is its own worst enemy. …

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Avoiding a Shutdown Will Be Highest Priority following Recess, McConnell Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Lawmakers’ primary challenge when they return to Capitol Hill next week will be clearing a measure to …

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Hale Holds Out (Slim) Hope For Sequester Deal

By SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR., Posted on www.breakingdefense.com WASHINGTON: The former top budgeteer at the Pentagon says he’s clinging to …

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Sequestration, 2016 spending deals remain far off, creating deeper budgetary holes for DoD

By Nicole Ogrysko, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com “If you find yourself in a hole, you should first stop digging.” That’s the …

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Pressure for Mistral Repayment May Affect French Defense Budget

France paid Moscow a total €949.7 million ($1.1 billion) for canceling the controversial sale of two Mistrals        

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Robins AFB

CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Food Service Inc.,* Mt. Vernon, Washington, has been awarded a maximum $50,181,810 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract …

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CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC,* Charlottesville, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $497,350,565 firm-fixed-price contract for electricity from …

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CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Constellation NewEnergy Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $7,046,395 firm-fixed-price contract for electricity and ancillary services. …

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Manufacturing shop maintains cables that operate on a variety of weapon systems

You can’t fly an aircraft without wires.   Skilled hands from members of the 569th Electronics Maintenance Squadron’s electronics manufacturing shop …

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Bubble Soccer, Doggy MRIs and Other ‘Wasteful’ Defense Spending

Sen. John McCain is out with his latest report detailing examples of “outrageous and wasteful” spending at federal agencies, including …

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Team Robins announces 2016 Air Show, Thunderbirds to headline

It’s official. The 2016 Robins Air Force Base Air Show will take place Oct. 1-2, 2016. Headlining next year’s event …

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Before you buy, check FAA regulations on drones

If your list to Santa includes a drone – whether one of the many quadcopters, camera drones or remote-controlled Millennium …

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Before you buy, check FAA regulations on drones

If your list to Santa includes a drone – whether one of the many quadcopters, camera drones or remote-controlled Millennium …

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JSTARS replacement programme receives US approval

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Milestone A phase of the multibillion-dollar programme to replace the ageing …

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JSTARS replacement programme receives US approval

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Milestone A phase of the multibillion-dollar programme to replace the ageing …

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National defense is our product: 559th AMXS focuses on future, Art of the Possible

To an outsider driving by Robins, commanding hangars and aircraft can be seen from Ga. Highway 247. What they represent …

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Reporting suspicious activity everyone’s job

With the nation being on high alert for terrorist activities, Team Robins is encouraged to be diligent but practical. Reporting …

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51st Combat Communications Squadron exercises its capabilities

It’s all about being ready to go when the nation calls.  For the 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air …

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Robins completes its 500th C-17, preps for future heavy maintenance

The 500th C-17 Globemaster III maintained at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex was met with great fanfare Tuesday on …

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Robins completes its 500th C-17, preps for future heavy maintenance

The 500th C-17 Globemaster III maintained at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex was met with great fanfare Tuesday on …

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Don’t worry, 78th CE will keep the lights on for you

Some might think the 78th Civil Engineer Squadron decorated a little early when walking through the doors to its building. …

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DonØt worry, 78th CE will keep the lights on for you

Some might think the 78th Civil Engineer Squadron decorated a little early when walking through the doors to its building. …

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CAE to supply aeromedical evacuation training system to US Air Force

Training services provider CAE will supply an aeromedical evacuation training system to the US Air Force’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base …

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President of 21st Century Partnership steps down

STAFF REPORT, breaking@macon.com The president and chief executive officer of the 21st Century Partnership, an organization that helps protect the regional …

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Turning of the tide

To the men and women of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and AFGE Local 987 at Robins Air Force …

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Promoting a future in engineering with Team Robins

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 11/20/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — For prospective college graduates who have studied computer science or …

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DLA Aviation at Warner Robins provides crucial maintenance support, collaboration, capabilities

In many respects, in the world of defense supply chain management, the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Industrial Support Activity at …

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Promoting a future in engineering with Team Robins

For prospective college graduates who have studied computer science or electrical engineering, the road to a federal career at Robins …

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At Three-Year Mark, Air Force Partnership Program Reaches over 50 Installations

Three years after it was launched the Air Force Community Partnership Program is active at 51 installations and host communities, …

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Don’t Delay JSTARS Replacement: Rep. Austin Scott

Posted on www.breakingdefense.com As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a proponent of the JSTARS radar plane since arriving in Congress, …

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Improving Performance, Cutting Costs Should Be Priorities, Robins AFB Commander Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The focus of leaders at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., shouldn’t be to “BRAC-proof” the installation, rather they …

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Installation commander addresses media – talks people, mission

Continuing to support the mission and caring for people were the priorities highlighted by Col. Jeff King, Installation and 78th …

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Team Robins welcomes L3 partnership

Somewhere over a distant land, eyes in the sky are watching from tens of thousands of feet above the planet’s …

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Complex closes out productive year with 217 aircraft

It’s been a productive year at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, more so than at any other time in …

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Leveraging expertise focus of base Partnership Summit

It’s about leveraging one another’s capabilities, resources and expertise. The Robins Air Force Base Partnership Summit drew over 100 community …

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21st Century Partnership advocates for Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins

By Wayne Crenshaw, Posted on www.macon.com WARNER ROBINS -In a small office hidden away in an office park off South …

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RAFB Partnership Summit next week

A Robins Air Force Base Partnership Summit will take place Thursday at the Museum of Aviation’s Hangar One. The forum, …

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USAF begins to test new mobile mission kit

The Air Force Reserve Command team tested the mobile mission kit (MMK) with the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air …

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Budget Woes May Cause US Air Force To Nix JSTARS Recap

By Lara Seligman, Posted on www.defensenews.com WASHINGTON — Budget uncertainty may force the US Air Force to cancel a planned recapitalization of …

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Interview: Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, US Air Force Materiel Command

By Lara Seligman, Posted on www.defensenews.com WASHINGTON — As commander of US Air Force Materiel Command, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski has a …

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Plastic Media Blasting Technology ensures safe paint removal

A new process in the 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group uses plastic media blasting technology as another way to remove underlying …

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Pentagon Blocks JSTARS Move To Demo Phase

The Pentagon has denied the JSTARS recapitalization program approval to move into the next phase.        

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Northrop Grumman to ready Robins Air Force base for IT update

Michael Peck, Contributing Writer, Posted on www.c4isrnet.com Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $16.2 million contract to upgrade the IT …

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Reduced costs, high on-time delivery rate stem from squadrons’ collaboration

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The final C-17 Globemaster III modified with a missile threat detection and countermeasures system …

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Inspector General To Audit JSTARS Program

The Defense Department’s inspector general will begin an audit of the Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target and Attack Radar System …

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C-5 due date performance 100 percent on time for fourth consecutive year

In the current sustainment environment, there are military aircraft flying worldwide missions every day protecting American interests.  Their sustainment is …

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Raytheon Confident its Radar is the Best Option for JSTARS Recap

By Allyson Versprille, Posted on www.nationaldefensemagazine.org NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — No matter which industry team winds up winning the contract …

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SUCCESS – it’s all about relationships

The final C-17 Globemaster III modified with a missile threat detection and countermeasures system at Robins departed Sept. 11.  This …

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Air Force reserves contend with high op tempo, old planes

By Phillip Swarts, Posted on www.airforcetimes.com The Air Force Reserve components are ready to serve the nation, but need to …

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As Teams Vie For JSTARS, Raytheon Stays Above the Fray

The USAF’s effort to replace its JSTARS aircraft is in its infancy, but three industry teams are already competing        

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ALC production continues in positive direction

With one month remaining in fiscal 2015, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex will soon close out another chapter in …

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Partnership perspective on HMLA-773 departure

This past Friday, the Marine Reserve helicopter unit at Robins, MAG-49, HMLA-773, publically released their planned departure from the installation …

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JSTARS: Air Force Taking Way Too Long To Replace Aging Radar Planes

By Loren Thompson, Posted on www.forbes.com When it comes to buying weapons, the U.S. government is its own worst enemy. …

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Effort to Buffer Robins AFB nears Milestone

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The multi-year effort by the state and a regional authority to buy properties surrounding Robins Air Force …

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Northrop Grumman Proposes to Accelerate JSTARS Deliveries

By Allyson Versprille, Posted on www.nationaldefensemagazine.org SAVANNAH, Ga. — Northrop Grumman says its proposed Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System …

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Marine helicopter unit is leaving Robins

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW, Posted on www.macon.com WARNER ROBINS — Robins Air Force Base is losing its Marine helicopter unit. As …

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Isakson, congressmen tour Robins Air Force Base

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW, Posted on www.macon.com WARNER ROBINS — Members of Georgia’s congressional delegation toured Robins Air Force Base on …

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Med Group offers Suicide Prevention Tips

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Robins Air Force Base is taking the opportunity to educate people on the …

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The Telegraph: Robins AFB buffer project heading toward 300 property buys

… Several Georgia and county agencies have agreed that they want to reduce the number of people who live in …

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In the Boar’s Nest: JSTARS hosts large joint-force exercise: integrates with Navy

The 116th Air Control Wing hosted the eighth annual Boar’s Nest Large Force Exercise involving more than 20 joint-force units …

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Robins to host Military Retiree Appreciation Day

Robins Air Force Base will host its annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day October 3. The day-long event will kick off …

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USAF prepares to accommodate C-5 colour weather radar updates

The C-5 System Integration Lab at US Robins Air Force Base is set to accommodate new changes to the weapon …

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10 Years After — Team Robins remembers Hurricane Katrina

The stories tell the same tales. The destruction Hurricane Katrina left when it made landfall Aug. 29, 2005 was immense. …

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Fruge-Cirilli elected as Association Old Crows National President

ELECTION RESULTS: AOC 2015 Board of Directors The AOC would like to sincerely thank those of you who participated in …

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Georgia GUARD Initiative – Meeting Information

GUARD Initiative – Meeting Information The Guard Initiative is the umbrella effort by the State of Georgia to protect DoD …

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This is depot work – this is what this base was meant to do

Heavy structural repairs occur every single day at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, yet one in particular has received …

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Thousands still need sexual assault prevention training as deadline nears

Robins Air Force Base’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator team is working hard to get all base employees trained on sexual …

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Robins newest staff sergeants

A big Team Robins congratulations is in order to the base’s newest staff sergeants! They are: Alexander Acevedo, 5th Combat …

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Robins to host Military Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 3

Robins Air Force Base will host its annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day October 3. The day-long event will kick off …

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Due Date performance ˜ You ain˜t seen nothing yet

It’s about the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex being a reliable supplier and the first choice for its worldwide customers. …

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New UGA professors stop at Robins as part of statewide tour

New faculty at the University of Georgia toured Robins Air Force Base and the Museum of Aviation on Wednesday. It …

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Air Force Narrows JSTARS Field with Design Contracts

The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to three major defense contractors to finish designs on a new fleet of …

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Operation Inherent resolve marks one-year anniversary

by Angela Woolen Robins Public Affairs 8/7/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Last year, President Barrack Obama authorized Operation Inherent Resolve to …

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F-15 FMS Branch holds Industry Day at Robins

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 8/7/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — With $2.5 billion in F-15 foreign military sales contracts up …

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First JSTARS Competition Contracts Awarded

The competition to replace the Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet is officially underway.        

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Standing desks starting to catch on at Robins Air Force Base

Some workers at Robins are taking a stand for their health. Click to Continue »

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402nd CMXG looks to future with continued change, growth

It’s been a time of steady transformation across the 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group here.  From tracking every aircraft at Robins …

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Celebrating victory – the end of World War II

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Japan formally surrendered to the Allied Forces …

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Iconic military truck makes last ride to Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — An era rumbled to an end at the Museum of Aviation on Tuesday. Click to …

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Air Force Materiel Command in Ohio aims at more agility

By: The associated press DAYTON, Ohio — Officials with the Air Force Materiel Command in southwest Ohio says the command will roll …

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Standing desks catching on at Robins Air Force Base

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — Some workers at Robins are taking a stand for their health. Click to Continue »

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Robins solar project behind schedule but ‘moving forward’

WARNER ROBINS — A year ago, Robins Air Force Base announced a large solar project that was supposed to be …

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Bad AC shuts down Robins Air Force Base library

The library at Robins Air Force Base is closed the rest of the week while the air conditioning system is …

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116th Air Control Wing changes command

Story by Tech. Sgt. Julie Parker ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard …

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Flight line mechanics at Robins Air Force Base cope with the heat

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — The functional test area at Robins is no place for anyone who can’t handle the …

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Warner Robins man takes key job in Wisconsin Air National Guard

WARNER ROBINS — A longtime officer at Robins Air Force Base now holds a top position in the Wisconsin Air …

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Putting the brakes on civilian motorcycle PPE rumors

Over the past few months the 78th Air Base Wing Safety Office has received multiple calls concerning questions related to …

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Demolition work begins on homes near Robins Air Force Base

Workers have started demolishing about a dozen homes near Robins Air Force Base. Click to Continue »

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State tearing down homes near Robins Air Force Base

WARNER ROBINS — Demolition began this week on about a dozen homes the state bought in an area near Robins …

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First-time fix: C-5C LAIRCM mod benefits warfighters, NASA

For the first time at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, a C-5C model is currently undergoing modifications to outfit …

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DLA welcomes new commander

At a Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Warner Robins change of command ceremony Monday at the Heritage Club, Col. Daniel Hicks …

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Col. King takes command of installation, 78th ABW

Col. Jeffrey King is the new 78th Air Base wing and Installation commander at Robins.  King was formerly the 18th …

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Worldwide Reach: Robins C-17 program office has global ties, impact

With the recent announcement of the sale of four C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to Qatar, an expected chapter will soon …

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Robins Air Force Base unit gets new commander

One of the highest profile units at Robins Air Force Base has a new leader. Click to Continue »

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Former Falcons players teach football safety to moms

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — Atlanta Falcons fans who remember watching Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler play in the 1980s …

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J-STARS wing gets new commander

WARNER ROBINS — One of the highest profile units at Robins Air Force Base has a new leader. Click to …

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AFSC Commander’s Message: Transition of command, not a change in direction

by Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II Air Force Sustainment Center 6/10/2015 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — To …

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An enduring commitment: JSTARS hits milestone with over 100,000 combat flying hours

There’s only one Team JSTARS and its home is Robins Air Force Base.  That same team of men and women …

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Contracting leader has roots at Robins

Maj. Gen. Casey Blake is no stranger to Robins Air Force Base. Blake, the deputy assistant secretary for contracting at …

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Lockheed, Raytheon and Bombardier team up for USAF’s JSTARS programme

Lockheed Martin has partnered with Raytheon and Bombardier to provide a low-risk, affordable solution for the US Air Force’s (USAF) …

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Lockheed-Raytheon-Bombardier JSTARS Team

PARIS — Lockheed Martin will partner with Bombardier and Raytheon to compete for the US Air Force’s next-generation Joint Surveillance …

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Third round of early retirements, buyouts coming to Air Force civilians

By Nicole Ogrysko Federal News Radio The Air Force will offer a third round of early retirement and buyouts to …

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Northrop Teams with Gulfstream, L-3 on JSTARS

Northrop Grumman has formally partnered Gulfstream and L-3 on its offering to the US Air Force Joint STARS recapitalization effort. …

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General Levy succeeds General Litchfield as AFSC commander

by Tinker Public Affairs 6/5/2015 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Lieutenant Gen. Lee Levy II succeeded Lt. Gen. …

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Unique C-5M repairs showcase collective Team Robins efforts

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 6/5/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BAE, Ga. — It’s a first for the Air …

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Sequestration

Air Force Plans to Shave Civilian Workforce

The Air Force could be forced to lay off hundreds of civilian employees this year to meet funding targets and …

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Air Force Plans to Shave Civilian Workforce

The Air Force could be forced to lay off hundreds of civilian employees this year to meet funding targets and …

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Unclear How Defense Hawks Can Obtain Higher Funding for DOD in FY’17

Despite the recent budget agreement allowing the Pentagon to exceed the statutory spending caps by $56 billion over fiscal 2016 …

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Atlanta-Area Support Group Aims to Preserve Dobbins ARB

One of the primary missions of the local organization dedicated to promoting Dobbins Air Reserve Base, located about 20 miles …

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Sequestration effects would reach far beyond Capitol Hill

By Meredith Somers, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com Sequestration effects would reach far beyond Capitol Hill Sequestration would impact more than national security, …

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Senate Republicans Open to Budget Deal to Lift Spending Caps

With much of Capitol Hill focused on averting a government shutdown next Thursday, Senate Republicans say it is likely Majority …

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Senate Democrats Urge McConnell to Begin Budget Talks

With only limited time available after lawmakers return to Washington next month, Senate Democrats this week urged Majority Leader Mitch …

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Member-Led Efforts to Solve Sequestration Yield Little in Results

Lawmakers regularly tout their participation in behind-the-scenes talks to produce a bipartisan plan to lift the statutory spending caps on …

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Obama VFW Speech Rails Against Sequestration

The president reiterated his pledge to veto defense budget bills if Congress doesn’t undo mandatory spending caps.        

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Amid Diversification, Goodyear Continues to Leverage Presence of Luke AFB

The city of Goodyear, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix located close by Luke Air Force Base, is trying to recruit …

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Defense Spending Bill Advances in House

The House Appropriations Committee approved a $579 billion defense spending bill on Tuesday after rejecting a Democratic attempt to overturn …

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Sequestration’s lessons prove elusive at DoD

By Emily Kopp, www.federalnewsradio.com In a new report, the Government Accountability Office warns the Defense Department to record the hardships of …

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Medical Leaders Warn of 2016 Sequestration Effects

The president’s fiscal year 2016 defense budget proposal supports the Military Health Systems’ core values, Air Force Lt. Gen. (Dr.) …

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Future Readiness Requires Investment, Officials Say

The vice chiefs of staff for the Army, Navy and Air Force and the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps …

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How the White House and Congress Plan To Boost Defense: Ignore Sequestration

The House and the Senate may have found a sweet spot for their budget strategies: they’re both planning on using …

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Defense Cuts Harming Readiness; Service Leaders Call for New BRAC Round

Service infrastructure officials told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee Tuesday that budget cuts have harmed …

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Carter: Sequestration Will Make the U.S. Less Secure

The proposed defense budget is in line with fiscal year 2015 projections, halting the decline in defense spending and making …

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Graham Pushes for Solution to Sequestration

A small group of senators, led by Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), is hard at work looking for a way out of …

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President’s FY’16 Request Falls Short of DOD’s Needs, HASC Republicans Say

Funding for national security should be set at $577 billion in fiscal 2016, a level that is $16 billion higher …

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House GOP Splits On Defense Sequestration

CAPITOL HILL: Tensions within the GOP over the mandatory budget caps set by the Budget Control Act burst into the …

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Welsh: Sequestration Harms Aging, Shrinking Air Force

The capability gap separating the U.S. Air Force from others is narrowing and requires modernization to help the service maintain …

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James: In-Demand Air Force Experiences Strain

The Air Force is requesting $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides in order to support its global responsibilities, Secretary …

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Budget Hearing to Focus on DOD’s Declining Investment in Facilities

The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee next week will hold a hearing to assess the long-term impact of the steep …

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Sequestration Harms Air Force Readiness, James Says

The Air Force’s readiness edge could slip away if sequestration is not lifted permanently, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James …

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State of Readiness Approaches Troublesome Levels, Briefing Reveals

The overall readiness of the nation’s military has been severely degraded, with units scheduled for deployment receiving a disproportionate share …

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Former Navy secretary talks sequestration, military preparedness in Savannah

The closure of military bases in the U.S. is unlikely in the near future, but shrinking budgets and cuts to …

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House panel leaning toward lower defense budget

The House Budget Committee is planning to cap defense spending at constrained levels required under the Budget Control Act, setting …

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OMB Raises Sequester Warning

OMB has released a report warning that without action during this year’s budget cycle to prevent it, sequestration would return …

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Reaching a Pentagon budget deal: From wishful thinking to reality

President Barack Obama’s sequester-busting budget plan may be just wishful thinking until it passes through Congress, but on the defense …

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USAF needs additional $10bn to meet capabilities’ demand in 2016

The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking $10bn more than what is provided by sequestration-level funding in 2016 to meet …

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Gen. Welsh Defends F-35 For Close Air Support; Hopes Summit Will ‘Reset”

ORLANDO: Sequestration. Base closures. Readiness. Modernization. ISIL. Russia. The list of challenges faced by Air Force leaders is long. But …

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Air Force Seeks $10 Billion Over Sequestration Funding

The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, …

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A-10 Tops List for Friendly Fire Deaths

Air Force crews rearm, refuel and ready A-10 Warthogs.(Photo: Alan Lessig, Air Force Times) WASHINGTON — The Air Force A-10 …

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Key lawmakers want to boost Navy shipbuilding plan

The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and cruiser Cape St. George transit the Strait of Hormuz in 2012. The Navy’s shipbuilding …

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Republicans Go Easy on Ash Carter, Keep Focus on White House

For months, the go-to Republican critique of President Barack Obama’s national security strategy — which they blame for the current …

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The Pentagon’s Weapon Wish Lists Could Disappear

Long live the Pentagon wish list? Lawmakers this year might not ask the military services to send them wish lists …

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Carter’s Confirmation Hug: SASC Shows He May Be A Strong SecDef

WASHINGTON: Nomination hearings are never just about the nominee. But today’s Senate lovefest for Ash Carter was remarkably dominated by …

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Carter: Cuts Make Strategy ‘Not Executable’

Nominee Vows to Give Obama ‘Most Candid’ Advice Ash Carter takes his seat for his confirmation hearing to become US …

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Army Forces to Continue Decline, Air Force to Edge Up, under Budget

The Army’s active-duty end strength would continue its steady decline under the president’s fiscal 2016 budget request, falling by 15,000 …

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Smith Expects Groundhog Day on DoD Budget

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill.(Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images) WASHINGTON — The House …

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DoD Request Blows By Budget Caps in ’16

Adds $155 Billion to Long-Term Outlook The fiscal 2016 Defense Department budget proposal was released on Monday/(Photo: US Defense Department) …

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Sources: U-2 in USAF Budget Request

Technicians work on the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane.(Photo: US Air Force) WASHINGTON — The US Air Force will include …

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Special Coverage: US Budget 2016

Congress Sequestration: GOP, Dems ‘Don’t Have a Plan’ Sequestration: GOP, Dems ‘Don’t Have a Plan’President Barack Obama on Thursday will …

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US Air Force Launches Trio of Tech Studies

What is the future of unmanned systems? The Scientific Advisory Board hopes to find out in a study this year.(Photo: …

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The Latest National Security News From Capitol Hill

Congress GOP Holds Fire at Carter Hearing GOP Holds Fire at Carter HearingRepublican senators held fire Wednesday, opting against using …

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