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2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif

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2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif

two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif.

two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table.

adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill to give the pentagon the authority to conduct another round of base realignment and closure discussions, known as brac, in 2019.

"we should not be wasting hard-earned taxpayer money to maintain excess infrastructure that dod has determined it does not need," smith said in a statement. "it is time to do what's right for defense and move forward with this process."

arizona sen. john mccain, the republican who chairs the senate armed services committee, apparently agrees.

"we need to talk about it, i think it has to be considered as all things should be on the table," mccain told the washington examiner, adding that he’ll discuss it with new defense secretary jim mattis.

base closures are usually unpalatable in congress, so this bipartisan move could be worth watching. military leaders frequently call for jettisoning excess inventory but get rebuffed.

san diego county is home to several major bases, from the fleet at san diego naval base at 32nd street, to the navy seals at coronado naval amphibious base, to the navy’s “air boss” at north island naval air station. there’s also the behemoth san diego naval medical center in balboa park and the gearheads at spawar’s two puses here.

half the country’s marines go to boot p at the san diego marine corps recruit depot. major marine bases are also p pendleton and miramar marine corps air station.

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the pentagon on thursday issued a memo outlining an about-face in policy for reductions in force, or rifs.

now performance, not tenure, will be the primary factor considered when cuts need to be made.

the change has been in the works for awhile. it’s the result of language in the national defense authorization act of 2016.

but it comes in the first week of the new defense secretary’s tenure, and mattis is known for being an unconventional pragmatist. since being nominated, he has banged the drum of frugality, promising to “gain full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense.”

it also comes in the same week that president donald trump announced a hiring freeze for most federal agencies, including the defense department’s 750,000 civilian employees.

the hiring freeze is scheduled to last 90 days. then the office of mana ent and budget is supposed to unveil a long-term plan to shrink the federal workforce through attrition.

san diego is home to 21,500 civilian defense department employees, according to the most recent san diego military advisory council estimate.

one major obstacle to u.s. military cooperation with russia
captionone major obstacle to u.s. military cooperation with russia

a national defense authorization act provision prohibits military cooperation until russia stops its occupation and aggression toward ukraine. (jan. 24, 2017)

a national defense authorization act provision prohibits military cooperation until russia stops its occupation and aggression toward ukraine. (jan. 24, 2017)

one major obstacle to u.s. military cooperation with russia
captionone major obstacle to u.s. military cooperation with russia

a national defense authorization act provision prohibits military cooperation until russia stops its occupation and aggression toward ukraine. (jan. 24, 2017)

a national defense authorization act provision prohibits military cooperation until russia stops its occupation and aggression toward ukraine. (jan. 24, 2017)

new doctrine for dealing with potential enemies like china, russia, iran
captionnew doctrine for dealing with potential enemies like china, russia, iran

the “distributed lethality” concept is catching on not only with captains in the surface fleet — destroyers, cruisers and smaller warships that during the past seven decades have often been used to protect aircraft carriers.

the “distributed lethality” concept is catching on not only with captains in the surface fleet — destroyers, cruisers and smaller warships that during the past seven decades have often been used to protect aircraft carriers.

scientists suggest u.s. missile defense policy is shifting from a flawed system to a fantasy
captionscientists suggest u.s. missile defense policy is shifting from a flawed system to a fantasy

congress has approved a bill calling for research of space-based missile defense systems, while leading scientists dismiss the idea as fantasy.

congress has approved a bill calling for research of space-based missile defense systems, while leading scientists dismiss the idea as fantasy.

32nd year of san diego va’s care and share gift bags for needy veterans
caption32nd year of san diego va’s care and share gift bags for needy veterans

care and share drive to provide holiday meals for almost 600 veterans and their families in need

care and share drive to provide holiday meals for almost 600 veterans and their families in need

what is the f-35 fighter jet program?
captionwhat is the f-35 fighter jet program?

the f-35 fighter jet program is the most expensive weapons program ever with a total estimated cost of $379 billion.

the f-35 fighter jet program is the most expensive weapons program ever with a total estimated cost of $379 billion.

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