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2014 Year in Review
As 2014 comes to a close, ALA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ALA Executive Briefing a look at the Top 20 most accessed articles from the year, as well as a message from our President Patrick Nixon. We will split these in two issues. Top articles 1-10 will publish Dec. 26 and the top articles 11-20 will publish Jan. 2. Our regular publication will resume Friday, January 9, 2015.




PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Holiday message 2014:
During this season of joy, thanksgiving and celebration, I want to extend my sincere thanks and the thanks of our military and their families for your dedicated support and caring for our brave men and women of the United States Military. In the grand scheme of things the percent of business most companies do in the military resale business channel does not even make it into the discussions in the Board rooms and marketing meetings of our member companies. It is the dedication of the few that do the missionary work to educate the business world about the importance of the number one customer in the world and the untiring work that goes on to promote, protect and enhance their shopping benefit.

The holiday season is especially difficult for those who can not spend it with their families. After all the troops sacrifice their holidays so we can safely enjoy ours. We can never thank them enough for what they do for us but we can get up every day and fight for their benefit and make sure the promises made are not forgotten. The troops that defend our freedom represent 1 percent of our population but they fight 100 percent of the battle to maintain our freedoms. That is enough to motivate me. Happy Holidays to all ...




TOP ARTICLES OF 2014


19. Senator Warner opposes cuts to military commissaries in Hampton Roads
Daily Press
From March 7: Sen. Mark R. Warner wants to block proposed cuts to commissaries, a popular option for military families in Hampton Roads, because a high-level commission has yet to issue a report on the larger issue of compensation and benefits. Warner and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., have introduced legislation to restore a 70-percent cut to the commissary budget included in the 2015 Pentagon budget recently introduced.
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17. A 3-horse race emerges for HASC gavel
Defense News
From Jan. 31: The race for the House Armed Services Committee gavel is underway, and sources see the panel's vice chairman as the odds-on favorite despite an expected challenge from an up-and-coming rival.
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16. Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans
Marine Corps Times
From Sept. 5: While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' programs.
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15. McCain to target 'fiscal irresponsibility,' mulls SASC subcommittee shake-up
Defense News
From Nov. 14: The incoming chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee wants to crack down on over-priced weapon programs and shake up SASC's subpanels.
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14. Move over millennials, Generation Z is on the scene
Direct Marketing News
From Oct. 3: The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, is teaming up with representatives from American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Co., Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo Inc. to announce an agreement to work toward decreasing beverage calories in the American diet.
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13. Security Insiders: High time for Congress to cave on closing military bases
National Journal
From Feb. 21: It's high time for Congress to agree to the Pentagon's request to close military bases, a whopping 91 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. Lawmakers, even as they search for ways to cut spending, have rebuffed the Defense Department's requests to close military installations it no longer needs as the military downsizes after long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — to the dismay of the pool of national security experts. "Enough already," said one Insider.
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12. Bypassing Congress on defense cuts
Politico
From Feb. 7: The Pentagon has learned that if it can't go through Congress to get what it wants, sometimes it's best to try going around. Two of the Defense Department's biggest long-term budget priorities — cutting troop compensation and closing bases — also happen to be politically radioactive for lawmakers sensitive about home-district economies and accusations of hurting the military.
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11. More US base consolidations on the way in Europe
Stars and Stripes
From June 6: Recommendations for more base closures and consolidations in Europe will be submitted to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a matter of weeks as part of an ongoing effort to shed unneeded facilities on the Continent, according to the Defense Department.
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