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Defense Roundup: Army Has Only Two Combat-Ready Brigades, GCV and Helo Programs in Doubt

Amid AUSA Spectacle, Stark Reminders of an Army in Crisis

Paul McLeary (@paulmcleary), Defense News. We covered the AUSA show this year pretty thoroughly for issues of interest to our readers and new angles from the organizers, but the news from the Army itself wasn’t terribly good. In briefing after briefing, Army leaders brought little to smile about. The biggest news item was Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno telling the media on day one that only two combat brigades in the entire Army are fully mission capable and that more cuts would see the service dip below their “floor” of 490,000 troops. Hints were made all…

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Defense Roundup: The shutdown is dead, the government is alive–until February; AUSA begins

Facing Reality at the Pentagon

Gordon Adams, Foreign Policy. The shutdown is over, at least for now, and reality is settling back on the defense establishment. That reality is that the chance of the sequestration defense cuts being lifted is almost zero at this point. We have said for some time that the odd bedfellows that the cuts have made mean it is almost impossible in this political environment. The fight over Obamacare is more important to Tea Party conservatives who are proud of the fact that the federal budget has actually declined for the first time in years. For liberals, protecting benefits programs means they have no…

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Interview with a Recruiter, April Rose, NMR Consulting

April, tell us about yourself and NMR

I started with NMR Consulting in April of 2009. I came on board to source candidates to build our internal database and to work on finding new ways to recruit candidates at little or no cost. I was new to the DoD world and to recruiting in general so it took a while to “learn the lingo” and all of the acronyms!! In my past work experience I had already used and knew the value of social media so I started the company down that road, setting up Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Pages for the company. I remember our HR Director’s surprise…

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Defense Roundup: Contractors, Civilians, and Vets Affected by Lack of Budget Agreement

Hardships also Hit Contractor Employees

Nicole Blake Johnson, Federal Times. Most of the stories on the personal cost of the shutdown have focused on the problems for service members, veterans and civil servants, but another key population is taking a haircut on this deal. And they probably won’t be getting their money back as federal employees now will. Thousands of contractors are now on furlough and the picture gets murkier the longer the shutdown continues. Many contracts have simply run out of money using previously obligated 2013 funds, while contracts that relied on new 2014 funds are in a strange limbo as those funds haven’t been released and may not…

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Defense Roundup: 800,000 Jobs Shutdown but Half Back to Work and Vets Could Soon Feel Shutdown Impacts

DoD to workers: Welcome Back, but Keep a Lid on Using Supplies

John Grady, ScoutComms. The battle of the government shutdown has been virtually the only story this week. Over the weekend, the Department of Defense announced their intention to bring most of the thousands of furloughed employees back to work. The move is a result of the Pay Our Military Act which Congress passed thinking it would be cover to avoid criticism for leaving troops in combat unpaid. Fortunately not all of the government lawyers got laid off last week and DoD partnered with DoJ to discover that nearly every single employee “supports military operations” and they…

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