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Serious plans for Army Force Reductions

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by g7777777, Jan 28, 2013.

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  1. g7777777

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    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
    WASHINGTON, DC 20310
    MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
    SUBJECT: Risk Mitigation in the Face of Fiscal Uncertainty

    1 6 JAN 2013

    1. The Army faces significant budgetary uncertainty in the coming months and
    must take immediate steps to reduce expenditures. We expect commanders and
    supervisors at all levels to implement both the guidance contained in this
    memorandum and the detailed instructions to follow. The fiscal situation and
    outlook are serious. Our funding is in doubt as we support forward-deployed
    troops, those training to deploy and Wounded Warriors. The uncertain Fiscal
    Year (FY) 2013 funding caused by the combined effects of a possible yearlong
    Continuing Resolution (CR) and sequestration, along with the need to protect
    wartime operations, may result in particularly severe reductions to Operation and
    Maintenance spending.

    2. Due to this risk, the Deputy Secretary of Defense has issued guidance
    authorizing each Service to take immediate steps to reduce expenditures and
    conduct detailed planning in the event the budgetary cuts and shortfalls occur.
    At this point, the steps should focus on actions that are reversible if the
    budgetary situation improves and should minimize harm to readiness.

    3. This memorandum provides our command intent and will be followed by more
    detailed guidance issued by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial
    Management & Comptroller) [ASA (FM&C)] and the Assistant Secretary of the
    Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) [ASA (M&RA)].

    4. Near-Term. Given the magnitude of our budgetary uncertainty, the Army
    must act now to reduce our expenditure rate and mitigate budget execution risks
    in order to avoid even more serious future fiscal shortfalls. As noted, any actions
    must be reversible and minimize harmful impacts on Army readiness, particularly
    for personnel and units preparing to deploy. Funding related to wartime
    operations and Wounded Warrior programs will be protected. Thus, we direct
    the following actions to slow spending across the Total Force and all
    appropriations. Commanders are permitted to request authority not to take these
    steps if they conclude that mission-critical activities would be harmed or that
    actions are not reversible. If commanders elect to take this option, they should
    report their rationale in their response to the guidance to be published by the
    ASA(FM&C).

    a. Implement an Army-wide civilian hiring freeze effective immediately. The
    ASA (M&RA) will issue guidance that will provide commanders limited discretion
    to make exceptions for humanitarian and mission-critical purposes.
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    b. Terminate temporary employees consistent with mission requirements.
    Additionally, employees on term appointments shall not be extended unless a
    specific exception is approved for either mission-critical activities or when
    appropriate due to personnel timing.

    c. Seek to reduce base operating funding to achieve at least a 30%
    reduction of FY 13 Base Operations Support (BOS) spending levels compared to
    FY 12 levels. To do so, commanders shall implement across-the-board
    efficiencies and reduce appropriated fund support for community and recreational
    activities, reduce levels of installation service delivery and reduce new and
    current contracts to minimum levels without incurring penalties. Commanders
    will reduce utilities consumption to the maximum extent possible. Commanders
    who believe that this action would harm mission-critical activities should indicate
    their reasoning and propose alternate courses of action. To assist in
    implementing this initiative, the ASA(M&RA) will issue further guidance on the
    use of Soldiers to perform installation functions.

    d. Curtail temporary duties and professional training that are not missioncritical,
    such as attendance at or hosting of conferences, staff assistance visits
    and training seminars. Exceptions may be made for mission-critical activities,
    including those required to maintain profession licensure or equivalent
    certifications, and preparation for assumption of command.

    e. Likewise, conference approval authorities shall further significantly curtail
    participation in conferences with exceptions only for mission-critical activities
    executable within the fiscal guidance published by the ASA (FM&C). This
    applies to all conferences whether or not previously approved.

    f. Curtail training, including training events, not related to maintaining
    readiness for Operation Enduring Freedom, the Korean forward-deployed units,
    Homeland Defense and the Division Ready Brigade. Additional exceptions may
    be made for other mission-critical activities. Risk shall be taken in all areas of
    training that are not related to these protected missions. To the extent that an
    action reducing unit readiness is irreversible, it must be delayed until detailed
    planning is complete and further guidance is provided.

    g. Review contracts and studies for possible cost savings and curtail or
    cancel ongoing and scheduled studies that are not congressionally directed or
    m issio n-critica I.

    h. Limit administrative expenses and supply purchases to essential FY 13
    consumption only, and stop minor purchases that are not mission-critical, such
    as furniture, information technology refresh and unit equipment. Ceremony
    expenses shall be similarly limited.

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    i. Cease facilities sustainment activities that are not directly connected to
    matters of life, health or safety. Additionally, cease all Restoration &
    Modernization projects, including Facilities Reduction Program and projects
    required to facilitate stationing decisions. Exceptions may be granted on a caseby-
    case basis, or where business decisions dictate, by the Assistant Chief of
    Staff for Installation Management.

    j. Army Materiel Command shall plan to cancel 3rd and 4th quarter depot
    maintenance and reset orders and contracts that do not directly support units
    deployed to a theater or entering the Army Force Generation-available pool.
    While plans shall be made, specific action shall not be taken until 15 February
    2013.

    k. Maintain the limited "stop ship" policy. Additionally, Deputy Chief of Staff,
    G-4, shall develop a plan to stop Army-wide Second Destination Transportation
    shipments, to include new procurement, equipment redistribution, war reserves,
    war reserve ammunition, over-ocean civilian household goods and privately
    owned vehicles moves, and over-ocean transit of morale, welfare and recreation
    support. Exceptions may be granted for mission-critical activities.

    I. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition Logistics Technology)
    [ASA(AL T)] shall coordinate with commands, Program Executive Officers and
    industry to gather data, assess impacts and develop plans regarding acquisition
    programs, science and technology activities, and contracts.

    m. The ASA(AL T) shall immediately institute procedures to submit all
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation and production contract awards or
    modifications that exceed $500 million to the Under Secretary of Defense
    (Acquisition Technology and Logistics) [USD(AT&L)] for approval prior to award.

    n. The ASA(AL T) shall initiate an assessment of Science and Technology
    accounts for the impacts of the budgetary uncertainty on meeting Departmental
    research priorities and provide the results to USD(AT&L) and the Assistant
    Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering).

    o. Accelerate Joint Reconciliation Program reviews of existing obligations to
    ensure only valid obligations are recorded in all prior year accounts by 31
    January 2013.

    5. Intensified Planning for Budgetarv Uncertainty. While we are hopeful the
    current budgetary uncertainty will be resolved in a manner that avoids significant
    reductions to the Army's budget, we must begin to slow spending now and plan
    for the worst. The near-term steps listed above will only achieve a small portion
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    of the savings required should sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution
    occur. The ASA(FM&C) will lead a fiscal planning effort that all Army
    organizations will support. In order to develop the Army's fiscal plan, the
    ASA(FM&C) will issue a separate planning directive not later than 16 January
    2013 and will need timely and accurate responses from all Army activities.

    6. Additionally, we will consider the possibility of civilian furloughs in FY13. More
    details related to the potential of furloughs will be included in the ASA (FM&C)'s
    fiscal guidance. Furloughs, however, are a tool of last resort. Therefore, no
    action should be taken with regard to furloughs without the express approval of
    the Secretary of the Army.

    7. We appreciate your patience as we work through these difficult budgetary
    times and will continue to do our best to resolve these uncertainties in a manner
    that permits us to support our current defense strategy and maintain a strong
    defense.

    8. If you have questions about the implementation of actions directed by this
    memorandum, you should address them to the appropriate aforementioned Army
    Staff proponents.

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    RAYMOND T. ODIERNO
    General, United States Army
    Chief of Staff of the Army
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    JO N M. McHUGH
    Se etary of the Army
    Principal Officials Headquarters, Department of the Army
     
  2. 8 Straight

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    I tried to read that and ended up spraining an eyeball. Wow!
     
  3. g7777777

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    OIC and trapshooterdd22

    You guys should try to add something to the conversation

    You get held over if you cant read in 3rd grade in Iowa

    If I were you guys I would keep that fact that you cant read or understand this to yourselves.

    This amount of attention even before the big cuts come is of national concern to the safety and welfare of all Americans.

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    We can't afford a good military we have to give all the money that it would cost to the useless 47 %
     
  5. g7777777

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    A lot of the "money" talked about above actually is recycled back into the nation,

    Pay and benefits are spent here

    R&D is spent here on American soil mainly- and much of the research bleeds over to civilian use- such as the new artificial limbs or sat phones or cell phone technology- a lot of medical innovation and treatment== etc

    Base operations costs such as maintaining or construction is spent here in the case of US bases. Even if a base is overseas a lot of work is done by contractors that also work here in the US

    Every person that we let go hurts our ability to defend or deter.

    It also puts someone else on the unemployment line

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    Well, if the Dept. of Homeland Security has ordered 7,000 "Personal Defense" AR-15's, and 1.6 billion bullets, are they taking over for the Armed Forces? I prefer a funded armedforce, myself.
     
  7. j2jake

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    Some of you have no idea of the far reaching effects that the listed cut backs will have. For those facilities that have MWR funded skeet and trap ranges, this could result in closure. Gene I had no problem reading nor understanding the ramifactions assoiated with. Jake
     
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    It trickles right into the private sector and on down to private businesses, individuals, contractors and so forth. It can be devastating to some communities.
     
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