The lower chamber’s bill would significantly soften the blow against DoD and potentially eliminate current plans such as civilian furloughs because of the automatic budget cuts. The remainder of the government would remain under both sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution.
The Army has put an immediate freeze on civilian hiring and will begin terminating some temporary employees to reduce spending ahead of potential across-the-board budget cuts later this year. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh also directed Army commanders and supervisors to reduce base-operations support spending.
Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the service wants to bring more uniformed men and women into the institutional Army. He said they have relied too much on civilian employees and contractors over the last decade. Odierno said the Army also has to change the way it trains its leaders to be more adaptable.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno discussed the Army’s top priorities, including more efficient readiness for deployed troops at the Association of the U.S. Army 2011 conference.
The U.S. Joint Forces Command, which will be formally disestablished later this year as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ efficiency initiative, had several of its functions transferred to other DoD components on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the realignment would preserve critical capabilities and place them in other branches of the department’s organizational chart.
Leaders of the Joint Forces Command in Virginia are planning to meet with contractors this week discuss what the command’s closure will mean for their businesses. If all goes according to plan, the lights will be turned out at JFCOM for the final time in a little more than a year.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of the soon to be shuttered Joint Forces Command said Wednesday that the vast majority of jobs lost in JFCOM’s closure would be contracted positions. Most of the command’s civilian and uniformed billets will be moved into a newly-created two-star command or transferred to individual military services.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the current commander of Joint Forces Command, said the organization will likely cease to exist within the next year. He will finish an implementation plan to shut the command down and transfer its remaining functions within the next 45 days.
A memorandum signed by the president Thursday night gives DoD the green light to formally shut down the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said about half the command’s functions will stay in the Norfolk area, while Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s office said JFCOM would be revamped and renamed.
The new Joint Forces Command leader says he knows what he has to do, even thought the future of his command is uncertain.