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Board OKs Creation of County Defense Services Branch

"Military contracts and contacts are vital to this county's economic interest and jobs," Supervisor Marion Ashley said.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, Riverside County, Calif., Nov. 4, 2012. Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, Riverside County, Calif., Nov. 4, 2012. Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved establishing an Office of Military and Defense Services to identify strategies for preserving the area's two remaining military installations and increasing federal contracting opportunities for local businesses.

Supervisors Marion Ashley and John Tavaglione introduced the concept, recommending that the new OMDS be a branch of the Economic Development Agency. With Tavaglione out sick, Ashley led discussion of the issue during the Board of Supervisors' policy agenda.

"Military contracts and contacts are vital to this county's economic interest and jobs," Ashley said. "We need to defend our local and regional military organizations. There's a lot of talk about cutting back defense. It may not be a threat this year because of the elections. But it will be really serious after that. We have to be prepared."

According to documents posted by the supervisors, the defense services office would be chiefly focused on confronting the prospect of another round of Base Realignment and Closure -- BRAC -- moves.

The Obama administration has broached the issue under plans to further slash defense spending. The current proposed Pentagon budget falls just shy of $500 billion and would cut troop strength to pre-World War II levels, according to published reports.

The last BRAC was in 2005 and did not directly impact Riverside County. However, during a nationwide deactivation of bases in the early and mid-1990s, March Air Force Base was downsized to a reserve facility, with two-thirds of the installation shut down and made available for civilian use.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco has survived each of the BRACs, but county officials have expressed fears recently that the facility may end up on the chopping block.

"I'm particularly concerned about the warfare center," said Supervisor John Benoit. "It will be an important task for our new office to convey, well and concisely, the need for this facility. You're talking about thousands of jobs, and high-skilled labor."

According to Ashley and Tavaglione, Department of Defense records indicate around 900 county-based businesses received $5.1 billion in defense contracts over the last 12 years.

"Small and medium-sized businesses benefited from those contracts, and those orders meant jobs for our workforce," county documents stated.

According to Ashley and Tavaglione, the OMDS would be responsible for cultivating relationships between area businesses and "major defense contractors" in the interest of securing supply agreements.


– City News Service.



Nero Goth March 19, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Military dictatorship: Military units with weapons walk into a building (say metal plant or grainer) and tells the owner all items are now under 'state' control, and they will NOT be compensated nor sell the products, only the allotted amount allowed to be sold off at the price the 'state' considers fair. Anyone whom protests is grabbed by the soldiers, beated then in front of everyone summary executed, the body then is tied by the ankles and hoisted from the ceiling beams till the soldiers no longer can stand the 'smell' as a lesson to anyone else whom challenges the 'authority'. Capitalist Democracy: The soldiers have to 'wait' to be told to do anything from civilian leaders. Soldiers have to present a budget on what exactly they wish to spend on and BEG for money and approval to do those things. Soldiers are UNARMED except when in a combat zone. Soldiers are 'fired' for 'budgetary reasons' (see the current downsize and unemployed military). Hmmm seems to be QUITE a difference to the crazies. _------------------------------------------------------------_ Again to the 'anti-war-mongers': ISOLATIONISM does NOT WORK in modern age. We weren't "at war" with anyone on Dec 6, 1941 nor on Sep 10, 2001 and had the policy to 'ignore their problems over there because it isn't here'. In the Modern Age, a problem there becomes a problem HERE. The world is VERY SMALL, and just because you don't want to deal with responsibility, but hide your head and BELIEVE they will go away, THEY DO NOT and they will attack.
Alek J Hidell March 19, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Your stereotype of military dictators comes straight out of the movies, as does your knowledge of history...... The United States FORCED Japan to attack, cutting off 95% of their oil supply as they were losing their war against Mao in China. I could educate you about Chennault's raids against the Japanese using ROC marked planes..but why should I bother?..... And it was Cheney and Rumsfeld' crew that oversaw the 9/11 controlled demolition. Ever hear of Building 7??...."we need another Pearl harbor".... Our intelligence apparatus had been following the hijackers every move and orchestrated the whole thing... There is a boogieman, Gothberg, but it lies in the Pentagon. Why don't you stick with Carlito's Blog in Chatsworth? you're way out of your league with me here in Podunkville..
Nero Goth March 19, 2014 at 02:57 PM
OMG really your a 9-11 TRUTH NOW idiot? Get your tinfoil hat then and watch out for the CIA Mind experiments over the power lines to turn you into a consumerism big box store happy to buy 2nd hand made products as you sit all night in front of the TV being turned into a drone right? Alek: Take your meds and go babble in the corner.
Diego Rose March 20, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Hate to say it Nero Goth, but just because you ignore the facts of what occurred doesn't mean that it didn't happen the way you have been TAUGHT! .....Do yourself a favor and do some serious homework with an open mind. Look up the Project for the New American Century. If you refer to any and all documentation prior to 9/11/2001 you will see that the attacks of 9/11 have been spelled out by the parties stated. Also examine building seven and the insurance claims on the twin towers and building 7. There is a long list of things for you to seriously examine that you seem to be ignorant of. I can go on and on about FACTS surrounding the many issues of our American history that, if examined with a logical mind are really, undeniable. Remember, it is only a theory if it can't be proven. Unfortunately, I know of too many facts that have been withheld to promote your blind acceptance of the governments narrative of events. Time to wake you up. If you take an honest moment to watch and read a few pieces of work, I will open your eyes to a whole different view of the government you apparently still believe in and trust. No one who loves this country likes what they see but they need to be aware and not just accept what they see through the glasses you have been sold. I am not happy to have changed my thinking either but you can't un-ring a bell.
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