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Norm Dicks Optimistic Over Sequestration Deal Odds

The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee believes Congress will find a way to avoid the sequestration cuts scheduled to start in January because of potential consequences of the cuts, the Seattle Times reports. Norm Dicks, ranked 10th in seniority for the full chamber, said he believes Congress should …

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Obama Expresses Optimism Sequestration Can Be Avoided

President Barack Obama believes Congress will figure out how to avoid the more than $1 trillion cuts under sequestration scheduled to start in January, the Virginian-Pilot reports. In an Oval Office interview with Kate Wiltrout, Obama said both parties should agree to a proposal that includes both spending cuts and …

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Labor Dept Sequestration Memo Sparks GOP Uproar in Congress

Republican members of Congress are in an uproar over a Labor Department memo issued last week, which said defense contractors are not required to send layoff notices to employees whose jobs might be cut under sequestration. According to Politico, some GOP lawmakers claim the decision is a political ploy for …

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Senate Confirms Gen. Mark Welsh as AF Chief of Staff

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gen. Mark. Welsh as the Air Force’s 20th chief of staff, the service branch announced Friday. Pending a formal appointment from President Obama, the 36-year veteran and former commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe will assume office during an Aug. 10 ceremony. In …

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AF Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan to Head F-35 Program

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan to serve as director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Bogdan has also been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general. The nearly three-decade Air Force veteran currently serves as deputy director of the …

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Senators Propose Pentagon Audit Legislation

Nine senators are proposing a bill that aims to create incentives and accountability standards for auditing the Defense Department, Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va) office announced Thursday. Manchin, Tom Coburn (Okla.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rand …

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Obama Nominates Eric Fanning AF Under Secretary

President Barack Obama intends to nominate Eric Fanning, currently deputy under secretary and deputy chief management officer at the Department of the Navy, to be the next under secretary of the Air Force. The Air Force said Fanning, if confirmed, would succeed Erin Conaton, appointed defense under secretary for personnel …

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AF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Breedlove to Head USAFE

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove is now officially the 35th commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, as of an Aug. 1 ceremony held in Germany. Breedlove, who was nominated in May, will be in charge of the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. The 33-year Air Force …

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