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DoD, Industry Leaders Discuss How To Manage A Downturn

Defense News - October 15, 2012, By Marcus Weisgerber

The Pentagon continued its ongoing dialogue with industry last week. But unlike previous discussions about the impact of deep defense budget cuts scheduled to go into effect in January, this meeting emphasized how to manage those spending reductions.

Chamber Wants State Funds for Langley AFB

dailypress.com - October 14, 2012, By Hugh Lessig

The Virginia Peninsula Chamber has mounted an all-out push in hopes of securing $6 million over two state fiscal years to help protect Langley Air Force Base from potential downsizing or closure.

Land Use Study Identifies Compatibility Concerns Between Military Facilities, Development

Corpus Christi Caller Times - October 4, 2012, By Mike D. Smith

CORPUS CHRISTI — Continued development under Corpus Christi's existing zoning and land use plans could limit the mission of the city's military facilities and pose safety risks for residents, according to findings in a joint land use study.

OMB to Contractors: Follow Labor Guidance on Pre-Sequester Layoff Notices

Government Executive - September 28, 2012, By Tom Shoop

The Office of Management and Budget Friday reinforced a Labor Department ruling that federal contractors need not issue notices of impending layoffs to employees related to the looming budget sequester. OMB said agencies would cover contractors’ “liability and litigation costs” related to such notices if they follow Labor’s guidelines.

Pentagon Struggles To Secure A Supply Chain It No Longer Dominates

Federal News Radio - September 27, 2012, By Jared Serbu

When it comes to securing the technology supply chain, the Defense Department needs to accept the fact that it no longer dominates the market for most of the products it buys, the department's top industrial policy official said Wednesday.

Pentagon Comptroller Sees Possible Softer Blow From Spending Cuts

Reuters - September 25, 2012, By Jim Wolf and Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Defense Department may have more flexibility to cope with what it has painted as a potentially devastating across-the-board spending cut, the department's chief financial officer said Tuesday.

Budget Cuts Threaten 1 Million at Small U.S. Firms: Report

Reuters - September 20, 2012, By Andrea Shalal-Esa

(Reuters) - Small businesses in the United States could lose nearly 1 million jobs in 2013 if federal lawmakers do not avert $1.2 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts due to begin taking effect in January, a new study showed.

Governor Talks Fort Rucker, Economy During Tour of Post

The Dothan Eagle - September 20, 2012, By Ebony Horton

The unique and integral services offered at Fort Rucker would be hard to replicate in any other part of the country, easing concerns the post could be negatively impacted by any future Base Realignment and Closure, Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday.

Northrop To Shed Nearly 600 Workers

Los Angeles Times - September 18, 2012, By W.J. Hennigan

Eyeing proposed Pentagon cuts, the firm accepts buyouts from aerospace unit.

In another wallop to Southern California's aerospace industry, defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. said it is preparing to trim its payroll by nearly 600 workers.

Foreign Trade Zone Status for Brunswick Seen As Economic Boost for Former Navy Base

Bangor Daily News - September 18, 2012, By Christopher Cousins

Brunswick, Maine -- The town of Brunswick has been deemed a foreign trade zone by the U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign-Trade Zone Board, according to members of Maine's congressional delegation.