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An irreplaceable national treasure


Former California governor praises China Lake contributions to national defense Rebecca Neipp, News Review Staff Writer An entourage of retired, high-ranking military and political officials on a mission to champion unique capabilities in national defense praised the groundbreaking work, as well as the (more…)

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This is national security


Key to maintaining the mission at China Lake is making sure Washington understands how uniquely important the country’s investment in the base has been, particularly when the next Base Realignment and Closure rolls around. By Jessica Weston, CITY EDITOR, jweston@ridgecrestca.comPosted Jan. (more…)

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The Regional and State Economic Impact of National Defense


»  These findings reflect the most consistent recent information across all data sources   »  Between 2005 and 2009, the Federal government spent over $705 billion in national defense investments across the Southwest region of the United States   »  These investments in national defense directly and indirectly supported over 2.8 million jobs in the […]

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Defense contractors mum as nation nears ‘fiscal cliff’


  BY:  YAMIL BERARD The Star Telegram View Article   North Texas defense contractors have hit the mute button in the final hours as Congress tries to hatch a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and huge automatic spending cuts starting Jan. 1.   While corporate leaders have spoken out against the (more…)

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Southwest Defense Alliance report: Sequestration will hurt Texas’ defense-related jobs and industry


  By Sheryl Jean sjean@dallasnews.com 11:08 am on December 27, 2012 View Article   Texas will be hit hard by the automatic federal spending cuts set to go into effect on Jan. 1 unless Congress acts, according to a new study by a multi-state coalition called the Southwest Defense Alliance.   The automatic spending cuts (more…)

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The Governor’s New State Military Council…Keeping our State & Nation out of Harm’s Way


From:  The Fox and Hounds website By: Billie Greer (President of the Southern California Leadership Council) Monday, April 1st, 2013    “Successful organizations, including the Military, have learned that the higher the risk, the more necessary it is to engage everyone’s commitment and intelligence.”  Margaret J. Wheatley   Kudos to Governor Brown (more…)

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Current News – Early Bird (April 24, 2013)


C U R R E N T   NEWS E A R L Y   B I R D April 24, 2013 Use of these news items does not reflect official endorsement. Reproduction for private use or gain is subject to original copyright restrictions. Item numbers indicate order of appearance only.   This is the single print (more…)

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Current News – Early Bird (April 23, 2013)


C U R R E N T   NEWS E A R L Y   B I R D April 23, 2013 Use of these news items does not reflect official endorsement. Reproduction for private use or gain is subject to original copyright restrictions. Item numbers indicate order of appearance only.   This is the single print (more…)

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Governor Brown Convenes State Military Council


3-28-2013 SACRAMENTO – In an effort to protect and expand the military’s vital role in national security and California’s economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today established the Governor’s Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair.   “California plays a crucial role in (more…)

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SWDA General Meeting


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Current News – Early Bird (April 1, 2013)


Use of these news items does not reflect official endorsement. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT 1. Hagel Warns Of Big Squeeze At The Pentagon (New York Times)…Thom Shanker Ending his first month as defense secretary, Chuck Hagel invited six young enlisted personnel for lunch in his private Pentagon office. Without military or civilian (more…)

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The Southwest – An asset vital to national security


From The Hill 02/27/2013 By:  Dennis M. Kenneally and Pete Wilson When in 2011 the Democratic Senate and the Republican House of Representatives could not agree on how to reduce federal spending and ever mounting unaffordable debt, the president proposed and Congress approved the “sequester” to break the (more…)

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Jones says Congress, president have failed constitutional obligations


From The Herald – Sierra Vista.     By:  Bill Hess Tue, 02/26/2013 – 12:10am SIERRA VISTA — Congress has failed to properly handle forced budget cuts, a program which is designed to last for a decade, Casey Jones said Monday.   With the nation facing sequestration, the buzz word for across-the-board-cuts, Jones, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, (more…)

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Automatic budget cuts are almost certain (L.A. Times)


From the L.A. Times website.  Click here to view the article.   WASHINGTON — In less than a month, a budget ax is set to fall on the federal government, indiscriminately chopping funding for the military and slicing money for various programs, including preschools and national parks.   The $85 billion in (more…)

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AV Leaders Address Defense Cuts


Antelope Valley Press 02/05/2013 Read Article (paid subscription required for viewing) (more…)

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Military cuts avoided for now, but South Texas base task force isn’t resting


  By Mark Collette Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. View Article   CORPUS CHRISTI — South Texas business and political leaders continue a fairly quiet but steady campaign to protect area military installations, even as the Pentagon got a temporary reprieve from automatic spending cuts to start the new year.   The bill (more…)

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Defense advocate: ‘Cliff’ cuts to hit Ariz. hard


By:  Joyce Lobeck The Yuma Sun December 31, 2012 12:12 PM View Article   A military advocacy group is sounding the alarm that if a budget deal is not made, mandated defense cuts would cost Arizona thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic output. Current tax rates that expire at (more…)

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‘Fiscal cliff’ a danger to Arizona defense industry, bases


By Rebekah L. Sanders The Republic | azcentral.com Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:05 AM     If Congress fails to strike a deal on the “fiscal cliff” before the new year, a “meat ax” could clobber Arizona’s military bases and defense industry, several of the state’s representatives in Washington warn.   Deep cuts in (more…)

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Military cuts to impact state


  By:  Patrick Danner The San Antonio Express News Updated 12:52 am, Friday, December 28, 2012 View Article   A just-released study by a group that seeks to preserve a robust military industrial base calculates that looming budget cuts to the Department of Defense will cost Texas 111,640 jobs and $6.1 billion in economic (more…)

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Defense cuts would ‘pummel’ state’s economy, group says


  By:  Patrick Danner The Houston Chronicle December 27, 2012 A new study by a group that seeks to preserve a robust military industrial base calculates that looming budget cuts to the Department of Defense will cost Texas 111,640 jobs and $6.1 billion in economic output through 2017.   The cuts also will lead (more…)

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