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Our View: Base Improvements Important

Norwich Bulletin - April 13, 2012

It was encouraging to see the show of support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, for the Groton submarine base this week during the official dedication of a new pier and a culinary training center.

Military Facility Zone Bill Approved, Goes to Governor

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 13, 2012, By Matt Buxton

JUNEAU — The legislature today approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson that would create military facility zones aimed at fostering community and private industry support of Alaska’s military bases.

Defense Spending Cuts Worrisome for Local Military Communities

Fox News - April 13, 2012, By Molly Line

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan draw to a close, the Department of Defense plans to trim more than $480 billion from the budget in the coming decade. Tough choices will be made, and communities that rely on military spending are on edge.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces New Task Force on Defense Transition in Cities

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton To Serve As Task Force Chair

The United States Conference of Mayors - April 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today announced the establishment of a new task force to work with U.S. cities as the nation shifts from combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan to a new defense strategy that may produce reductions in defense spending and base closures/realignments. Phoenix (AZ) Mayor Greg Stanton will serve as chair of the new Defense Transition in U.S. Cities task force.

Indian Head-Affiliated Organizations Discuss BRAC

Comprint Military Publications - April 6, 2012, By Andrew Revelos

Organizations affiliated with Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head met Mar. 26 to discuss how any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) or spending reductions might affect the community around the installation. The meeting, sponsored by the Indian Head Defense Alliance (IHDA) and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, featured local, state and federal leaders with insider perspectives on BRAC and the nation's fiscal challenges.

Panetta: Reduced Navy Fleet Size Won’t Sink US Shipbuilding, Defense Industries

DEFCON Hill - April 2, 2012, By Carlo Munoz

The Navy's new five-year shipbuilding plan provides adequate support for U.S. defense industry firms, even if it calls for a smaller number of vessels, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Lockheed Urges Action on U.S. Debt Before Election

Reuters - March 14, 2012, By Andrea Shalal-Esa

Lockheed Martin Corp, the largest U.S. weapons maker, on Wednesday urged Congress to act quickly to avert an additional $500 billion in defense cuts that would begin in January, warning that uncertainty about the future was dampening investment and hiring across the industry.

Defense Says it May Close Some Facilities if Congress Doesn’t Approve Proposal for More Base Closings

The Washington Post - March 8, 2012, By Steve Vogel

Defense Department officials warned a House panel Thursday that if Congress does not approve the Obama administration’s proposal for two new rounds of base closings, the Pentagon will use existing authority to close some facilities.

DoD, Capitol Hill Square off for BRAC Fight

Federal Times - February 13, 2012, By KATE BRANNEN

In 1991, a Democratic Congressman from California fought hard to keep an Army base open in his congressional district. While he lost that fight and Fort Ord was forced to close, the lawmaker's political career did not end there.

Boeing Closing Could Mean Transition to Civilian Economy

National Catholic Reporter - January 31, 2012, By Sanford Gottlieb

A chill has descended on Wichita, Kan. Winter weather is not the culprit, aircraft manufacturer Boeing is. The company, a longtime fixture in the city, brought the chill when it announced the imminent closure of its big defense plant there. And Wichita is not alone.