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Executive Briefing
 
 

President's Message


The pressure continues to mount on the budget:

White House seeks more Pentagon budget cuts
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Reuters, Andrea Shalal-Esa
The White House is seeking an additional $25 billion in long-term Pentagon budget cuts after deciding to exempt spending on programs for military veterans, a top U.S. defense consultant said.

Specter of big defense cuts prompts big worries
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McClatchy via Stars and Stripes, Rob Hotakainen, Adam Ashton and Curtis Tate
The boom times are over for the nation's military. After more than doubling in the past 10 years, Pentagon budgets are in for big cuts from Congress in coming years. No one yet knows exactly what will be cut or how deeply the cuts will go, but everyone knows they're coming.




Focus continues on the supercommittee:

Panetta: Supercommittee failure would 'hollow out' military's combat force
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The Hill, John T. Bennett
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently vowed he will not preside over deep Pentagon budget cuts that "hollow out" the military's combat power.

Mullen: Automatic budget cuts could break US defense
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Bloomberg News, Tony Capaccio
U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said military budgets may be trimmed by as much as $1.1 trillion during the next 10 years if a congressional supercommittee fails to agree on a deficit reduction plan, leading to automatic cuts.

Even without a shutdown…it is a bad day:

Gloom grows as Congress feuds over spending
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The Washington Post via Bangor Daily News, Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman
Congress left town last weekend without resolving the latest spat over spending, an almost accidental dispute that set the parties bickering over $1.6 billion in budget cuts — an amount that equals 0.04 percent of the federal budget. As a result, Washington once again found itself a week away from a potential government shutdown, a possibility that was supposed to have been averted as part of last month's deal to end an epic battle over the federal debt ceiling.


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Promises made: Promises kept:

Military retirees say benefits hard-earned
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USA Today, Dennis Cauchon
The financial stress of retirement programs has caused the military, the deficit commission and others to propose a range of money-saving measures, such as making retirees pay more for health care and creating a 401(k)-style retirement system to replace the traditional lifetime pension.

TRICARE users facing new, higher fees
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Kitsap Sun, Tom Philpott
The White House debt cutting plan, delivered to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, confirms what advocates for TRICARE beneficiaries had feared: That they are expected to share in the fiscal sacrifices to be asked of millions of Americans drawing federal entitlements.

Michelle Obama: Military families deserve the spotlight
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Fayetteville Observer, Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama writes, "A few years ago, as I began to travel around the country and talk to all sorts of people, one set of stories always tugged at my heart. They took my breath away. They inspired me. And they motivated me to learn more. They were stories of strength, courage, and patriotism that define our nation's military families."


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA


Washington Update


Lawmakers reach agreement to avoid shutdown
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In a step back from the brink, Senate Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a continuing resolution that would include $2.5 billion in disaster aid funding and which would eliminate the chance of a government shutdown next week. More

Lawmakers again seek to cut federal workforce through attrition
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Lawmakers in both chambers have introduced legislation that aims to reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015 through attrition. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., estimate the legislation will save $139 billion over the next decade. The bill calls for hiring one federal employee to replace every three workers who retire or leave their job. More

Amos takes Marine Corps case directly to Panetta
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With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the U.S. military will need a rapidly mobile, highly lethal force that can respond to any national security crisis around the globe. The Marine Corps is that force and will be for the foreseeable future, according to service Commandant Gen. James Amos. In a recent letter sent to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Amos clearly laid out his vision for the Marine Corps — a "middleweight force" that fits neatly between big Army and special operations forces. More

US Senate confirms Ashton Carter
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With little fanfare, the Senate recently confirmed former Harvard professor Ashton B. Carter as right-hand man to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. After the vote, Panetta praised Carter, saying he has "a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that will help this department keep faith with our troops and protect our nation." More

The best federal agencies, according to their employees
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New survey includes agency rankings in leadership and knowledge management, results-oriented performance culture, talent management and job satisfaction. More

Pentagon may cap executive pay reimbursement at $694,000
Bloomberg Government via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate is mulling an expansion to all executives from current rules limiting the cap to contractors' top five executives. The House has approved a cap on all employees of defense vendors. While the full Senate has yet to vote on its committee-approved version, and the two chambers must still reconcile their differences, the expanded executive pay limit has a good chance to survive. More

Commissary News


Supermarkets start bagging self-serve checkouts
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When Keith Wearne goes grocery shopping, checking out with a cashier is worth the few extra moments, rather than risking that a self-serve machine might go awry and delay him even more. Most shoppers side with Wearne, studies show. And with that in mind, some grocery store chains nationwide are bagging the do-it-yourself option, once considered the wave of the future, in the name of customer service. More

Help for military families coming in the mail

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Food industry redubs FOP labeling system
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The food and beverage industry has renamed its new, voluntary front-of-package nutrition labeling system, from "Nutrition Keys" to "Facts Up Front." More

Corn's ripples
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not your imagination: It costs more to fill your grocery cart this fall than it did at the beginning of spring. A key reason for rising prices can be summed up in one word: corn. More

Yoplait adds new flavor to smoothie range
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Yoplait, a French dairy group and a subsidiary of General Mills, has added a new flavor, chocolate banana, to its lineup of frozen fruit and yogurt smoothies. More

How a trip to the grocery store can save you money
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VideoBrief Despite the tought economy, high national poverty and jobless rates, Americans are still finding money to eat out — almost five times a week according to a new survey. It tastes good, it's quick and easy, but quick and easy is not always better. More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

PROMOTIONS
2012 DP #1, WW Promotion Package, Promises for the New Year Sale.
DP #18, Update #2.
DP #19, Update #2.
DP #21, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Valentines, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
11-115, Category Plans (Oct.-Nov.).
11-120, Store Reset Dates — Fort Rucker.
11-121, Store Reset Dates — Fort Lavenworth.
11-122, Store Reset Dates — Moody AFB.
11-124, Baking Needs.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 11-39.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.


ALA Meetings


64th Annual Convention
Oct. 3-5
Orlando World Marriott Center
Orlando, Fla.


Delivering World Class Benefits in a World of Challenges

The theme for this year's national convention captures the business climate we are all facing as we move forward into the uncertainties of the budget deliberations that will take place between now and Thanksgiving. Three separate budget proposals called for the consolidation of the military resale system and one proposal currently under deliberation in the Senate would eliminate appropriated fund support for the military resale system. Current guidance from the White House directs all federal agencies to plan on a 5-10 percent reduction from current operating levels in order to prepare for the austere funding environment on the horizon. While all the resale commands are preparing for different scenarios the mission requirement to deliver world class programs in support of our troops is unwavering. We can anticipate that the resale commanders will lay out some new strategies and out of the box solutions aimed at meeting these daunting challenges. ALA will present the outline of a new patron awareness strategy fueled by a powerful. E-commerce engine. It will be more important than ever to make sure your business strategy is in sync with the initiatives outlined by the resale commanders. We are faced with a complexity of challenges that never before have aligned with such a weight of consequence. This is a must-attend event if you are in the military resale business channel.

ALA National charity golf tournament
ALA National will hold a golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 3, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Hawk's Landing Golf Course. Located just steps from the lobby of the Orlando World Center Marriott, Hawk's Landing spans more than 220 lush acres of native Florida wildlife and tropical vegetation. It was designed by noted golf architect Robert Cupp Jr. with a par 71 layout, more than 6,600 yards and a slope-rating of 131.

Partial proceeds will benefit the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans (www.nchv.org). NCHV is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

For a complete convention agenda, registration details and golf registration, visit our convention Web page HERE.


Exchange News


In time of scrimping, fun stuff is still selling
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a flat job market and an economy that will not improve, Americans are once again buckling down and cutting back. At least on the things that they can resist. More

Fast-casual burger joints snag a seat at the table
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The hamburger category may be dominated by the big three — McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's — but smaller chains such as Five Guys, and even smaller chains like Smashburger and The Counter, have bright-looking futures. More

Macy's to boost holiday hiring for season
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Macy's Inc. will lift its holiday hiring this year by 4 percent, in a move belying industry experts who predicted retailers will keep seasonal hiring at or below their 2010 levels. (Subscription required.) More

Dollar store chain's new discount item: Beer
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In addition to the $1 window cleaner and discount duct tape, a new and more controversial household item soon will be available for people in Arkansas making a quick trip to the dollar store: beer. More

Target not alone in designer collaborations
The Street    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether or not you were one of the shoppers camped outside a local Target store or an online bystander trying unsuccessfully to access the company website, the hype around the retailer's latest designer collaboration with Italian fashion label Missoni proved the trend toward designer partnerships is hotter than ever. But while Target and its collections by pedigree designers and labels such as Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Thakoon and Alice Temperley are always making headlines, there are other retailers debuting hot fashion partnerships. More

One-third of consumers say they will spend more online than in-store this holiday season
RetailCustomerExperience.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent survey, which looked at U.S. consumers who self-reported that they are active users of the Internet, revealed that one-third of consumers intend to purchase more online than in-store this holiday shopping season. More

Gas prices drop nationwide, but not in Hawaii
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While gas prices are dropping nationwide thanks to a sharp decline in crude-oil prices, Hawaii motorists aren't seeing any relief at the pump as prices in the islands keep rising. According to AAA, Hawaii's average price of regular unleaded Sept. 26 was $4.24 a gallon, making Hawaii the only state above $4. More

Why Wal-Mart had to bring back layaways
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What took Wal-Mart so long to bring back layaways? Sears Holdings' Sears stores brought back their layaway payment plan in 2008. Now, three years later, Wal-Mart finally is doing the same, but the retail giant could have used the shot in the arm a lot earlier. More

Halloween expected to scare up $6.9 billion in consumer spending
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers are embracing Halloween in a big way this year. While the holiday always has been an opportunity to let loose and have a bit of fun, there's also big bucks to be made. In total, spending is expected to reach $6.9 billion this year, up from $5.8 billion a year ago and more than double what consumers said they would spend in 2005. More

Inside track: Everybody needs good trends
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Knowledge is power. In business, spotting market trends ahead of the pack can provide a key competitive advantage because those with the inside track react quickest to exploit changing industry demands and consumer behavior. More

Exchange Announcements


By invitation: AAFES Consumables working session announced for 64th Annual Convention
ALA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Invitations are being sent out to selected AAFES Consumables suppliers.

Where: Crystal Room E-F at the World Marriott Center in Orlando, Fla.
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Contact Bob Ellis for more information at bellis@ala-national.org.


AAFES marketing training session announced for the 64th Annual Convention
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*Open to ALL convention attendees

Where: Crystal Room A and C at the World Marriott Center Orlando, Fla.
When: 4:30–5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Information: Contact Dr. James E. Skibo, vice president of marketing and advertising with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in Dallas, at skibo@aafes.com.


Washington Update


Michelle Obama: Military families deserve the spotlight
Fayetteville Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Michelle Obama writes, "A few years ago, as I began to travel around the country and talk to all sorts of people, one set of stories always tugged at my heart. They took my breath away. They inspired me. And they motivated me to learn more. They were stories of strength, courage, and patriotism that define our nation's military families." More

Air Force announces new deployment system
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The Air Force is mulling over a deployment system that will send Airmen overseas with their parent unit, a break from the Air Expeditionary Force system that's been in place for more than 20 years. More

Army Wife Network brings field exercise to Fort Wainwright
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The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation treated the spouses of Fort Wainwright Soldiers to something special when Tara Crooks and Starlett Henderson, hosts of the radio show Army Wife Network, came to town Sept. 15 and 16. Crooks and Henderson — also known as Army Wife Network's Lipstick 6 and XO — presented two field exercises titled "Priceless Packages" which, while open to any military spouse, was geared toward the spouses of deployed soldiers. More
 
 

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