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Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for 46 Innovative Transportation Projects Through Third Round of Popular TIGER Program

Job-Creating Grants Announced Months Ahead of Schedule as Part of the Obama Administration’s “We Can’t Wait” Initiative

U.S. Department of Transportation - December 15, 2011, Contact: Justin Nisly, Tel.: 202-366-4570

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s popular TIGER program. The announcement comes months ahead of schedule, and will allow communities to move forward with critical, job-creating infrastructure projects including road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; freight, port and rail expansions; and new options for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Army Official Visiting Redstone Arsenal to See How It's Handling Growth and Resources

al.com - December 14, 2011, By Kenneth Kesner, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment is visiting Redstone Arsenal for the next couple of days to see how the more than 38,000-acre installation is handling its recent boom in buildings and population.

In Fort Bragg, Military Families Brace for Economic 'Perfect Storm'

National Journal - December 14, 2011, By Julia Edwards

Ten years of war has made Fort Bragg, N.C., and the neighboring city of Fayetteville a magnet for federal support and sympathy. But as the war in Iraq comes to an end this month, base and city officials hope President Obama will use his visit on Wednesday to allay their fears about a possible dwindling of population numbers and the Pentagon lifeline that has kept the area afloat—both economically and emotionally.

The Uncertain Future of the Military-Industrial Complex

The Atlantic - December 14, 2011, By August Cole

The 1990s might not have been a decade of peace, but they were for big, U.S. defense firms. After decades of working for a Defense Department oriented toward the defeat of the Soviet Union, they struggled to adjust. During the 1980s the Pentagon had spent billions of dollars on developing and improving expensive hardware -- tanks, submarines, fighter jets -- but, in the post-Soviet '90s, their appetite shrank.

Congress Looks to Freeze Funding for Pacific Realignment

Stars and Stripes - December 13, 2011, By Travis J. Tritten

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Congress is poised to freeze funding for a multi-billion-dollar realignment of U.S. military forces in Japan and Guam under a defense budget bill hammered out Monday.

Ultimate Impact of Army Cuts on Civilian Workers Not Yet Clear

Association of Defense Communities - December 11, 2011

Information from several posts about the impact of the Army’s plan to trim 8,700 civilian positions by October 2012 indicates that the move will result in the elimination of 200 or fewer positions at many installations.

Army Moves Forward with Civilian Reductions

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) - December 8, 2011

The Department of Army announced today it is moving forward with plans to reduce the size of its civilian employee workforce.

Hampton Wants State Help to Buy Land Around Langley AFB

dailypress.com - December 7, 2011, By David Macaulay

HAMPTON – The City of Hampton is likely to seek $6 million in state assistance to buy land around Langley Air Force Base to protect the base from another round of possible defense closures.

Obama Administration Urges Flat 2013-2017 Defense Spending Plan

Bloomberg Businessweek - December 7, 2011, By Tony Capaccio

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The White House and Pentagon are near agreement on a draft five-year defense budget that flattens expenditures though 2017, with the lowest war spending since 2004, according to an Office of Management and Budget document.

Automatic Cuts Could Drive Smaller Defense-Industry Firms Out of Business

TheHill.com - December 5, 2011, By Jeremy Herb

The prospect of $600 billion in automatic defense cuts could drive an increasing number of smaller defense firms out of the industry — or out of business altogether.