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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.

Tensions Rise Over New Round of Defense Cuts

Capitol Weekly - January 31, 2012, By John Howard

Facing a weak economy and looming military cuts that potentially include new base closures, a push is under way to extol the benefits that defense spending and military installations provide to local economies in six states of the Southwest, including California.

Defense Secretary Panetta Holds News Briefing on Defense Strategic Guidance and Budget Issues

CQ Transcriptions - January 26, 2012


Good afternoon, everybody.

As all of you know, this department has undertaken a very fundamental review of its defense strategy and of our spending priorities.

Panetta, Defense Industry Meet as Huge Cost Cuts Loom

Chicago Tribune - January 20, 2012, By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 40 U.S. aerospace and defense industry executives met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Washington on Friday amid signs that huge planned cuts in military spending are already squeezing industry profits and prompting layoffs.

Panetta Ends Probation of Marines’ F-35 Warplane

The New York Times - January 20, 2012, By THOM SHANKER

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited a flight testing center along the shores of Chesapeake Bay on Friday to give a lift to the beleaguered F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announcing that he was taking the Marine Corps version of the costly warplane off probation.