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Defense Official Says Automatic Cuts Will Cause 'Absurdities'

CNN.com - May 31, 2012, By Mike Mount

The Pentagon's chief budget officer is ringing the alarm bell about looming budget cuts that could destroy the department's new defense strategy and force the defense industry to face "absurdities" as defense programs are shuttered.

Interactive Map: Robins AFB Encroachment and Property Purchases

The Telegraph - May 31, 2012, By MIKE STUCKA — mstucka@macon.com

This interactive map shows areas of high noise and crash risks near Robins Air Force Base, as well as property purchases made by the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority in those areas, which are referred to as encroachment. Officials say having too many people in those areas could threaten the base's future ability to handle missions.

House, Senate Face Off Over Defense Bill

Politico.com - May 30, 2012, By Austin Wright

Election-year politics and a looming lame-duck showdown over taxes and spending threaten a long-standing tradition: For the past 50 years, Congress has passed an annual defense authorization bill, setting parameters and priorities for Pentagon spending.

Pentagon’s No. 2 Leader Criticizes Lawmakers’ Add-Backs to Defense Bill

Government Executive - May 30, 2012, By Charles S. Clark

Stressing the need for a strategy-driven approach to trim Defense Department spending, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Wednesday cautioned Congress that “every dollar spent on bold, unnecessary programs is a dollar we lose for necessary programs.”

Push is on to Protect N.C. Military Bases

JDNews.com - May 29, 2012, By SUE BOOK – Freedom ENC

Meetings between local, state, and federal officials in Washington D.C. on the future of military bases and their civilian workforce in North Carolina on Thursday sent home a message highlighting both confidence and caution.

Military Spouses Get a Hand

Delaware Online - May 28, 2012, By NICHOLE DOBO, The News Journal

New law eases professional certification

A bill signed Monday by Gov. Jack Markell is aimed at making it easier for military families to make the transition if they move to Delaware.

Measures to Stop ‘Back-Door’ Base Closures Win Approval in House and Senate

Government Executive - May 25, 2012, By Amanda Palleschi

Both chambers of Congress have approved measures that attempt to stop the Defense Department from conducting what lawmakers call “backdoor” closures of military bases.

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Seeing More Choices in Jobs

American Forces Press Service - May 21, 2012, By Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2012 – Exciting changes are underway for military spouses that could affect families who serve for generations to come.

Military Planners Want to Make Bases Worldwide More Walkable

USA Today - May 19, 2012, By Sean Reilly, Federal Times

At military installations, suburban-style sprawl is out and walkable communities are in, under new Defense Department planning guidelines.

Study to Look at Effects on Radar from Wind Turbines

Stardem.com - May 13, 2012, By CHRIS KNAUSS, Staff Writer

Wind turbines

EASTON - The Talbot County Council agreed to participate in a joint land-use study requested by the Patuxent Naval Air Station at their public meeting last Tuesday.