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Army to deal with budget cuts by sharing services with local communities

The military already has shown it can improve services on bases through public-private partnerships. As budgets shrink, the next task is to partner with local governments.

Tags: DoD , Army , Installations , sequestration , Intergovernmental Support Agreement , Ivan Bolden , Sam Farr , Rochelle Dornatt , Danial Pick , Paul Fellinger , Association of the U.S. Army , Public-private partnership ,

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:25am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it has the backing of legal authorities to start an aggressive push for public-private partnerships to help deal with funding cuts to its military bases. The service says it's set up a speedy approval process in the Pentagon to let base commanders make agreements with their local communities and to share a wide range of public works services rather than running them on their own. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: DoD , In Depth

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:10pm EDT

Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , budget , Congress ,

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force structure decisions

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Tags: Inside the Reporterís Notebook , DoD , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Congress , Army , Katherine Hammack , sequestration , BRAC , Installations , John Conger , Peter Levine ,

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A wrinkle is developing in the effort for defense acquisition reform. If the goal is to do away with cost overruns, acquisition policy may be beside the point. The Pentagon is getting ready to release a new analysis that purports to show that decades of different acquisition approaches haven't made much of a difference one way or another. The one thing that has made a difference is whether budgets are rising or falling. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: DoD , In Depth

Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:30pm EST

VA calls for its own BRAC process to close outdated facilities

The Veterans Affairs Department says it is spending $24 million per year to maintain facility space it can't use. Some of the restrictions on closing them are political, some are local, so VA thinks it needs a BRAC of its own.

Tags: Congress , VA , BRAC , DoD , Robert McDonald , Helen Tierney ,

Friday - 03/06/2015, 04:32am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has a similar problem to the Defense Department: too many underutilized facilities in its inventory and a lot of dilapidated structures it can't afford to tear down. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, VA is asking Congress for its own version of a BRAC.

Tags: DoD , Veterans Affairs , In Depth

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:45pm EST

Carter opens door to more DoD civilian job cuts

Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

Tags: DoD , workforce , Congress , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , House Appropriations Committee ,

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon's strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Ash Carter , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:50pm EST

2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Tags: DoD , Facilities , sequestration , Budget Control Act , Congress , John Conger , Miranda Ballentine , Katherine Hammack , Dennis McGinn ,

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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