IIF 2016 to Feature Dialogue with OEA Director Patrick OBrien

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Patrick O’Brien, director of DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), will discuss defense communities’ leading concerns at Installation Innovation Forum (IIF) 2016, scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C., including the uncertainty surrounding future defense spending and the prospect of further downsizing at installations around the country.As the Pentagon enters the fourth year of fiscal constraints imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the Army remains on a path to shrink its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018 — down from a force of 570,000 as recently as FY 2013 — leaving many communities anxious about the future. At the same time, the level of excess capacity is rising throughout DOD, particularly at Army and Air Force installations. The strict spending caps also have forced the services to limit spending on facilities sustainment, undercutting installations’ military value.During an “Innovation Dialogue” at IIF 2016, O’Brien will help defense communities understand how the recently released FY 2017 budget request could affect them, and provide insight into the impact of future budget trends. He also will discuss OEA’s ongoing response to changes in defense spending and talk about the agency’s newest initiatives to support communities. O’Brien will highlight the best ways communities can prepare for possible downsizing and other potential defense actions.The session, which will be moderated by ADC CEO Tim Ford, will be held Wednesday morning on March 2. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website.last_img


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