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U.S. and Japan Energized to Produce Results on Futenma Replacement; Timing Seems Designed to Stress Importance of Funding for Troop Realignment and Guam Military Buildup
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Monday, October 24, 2011

Editor's Note: This story first broke over the weekend in the Guam Buildup News e-newsletter and is made available now at the web site.

GUAM – There is a new energy and cohesion lately between the Obama and Noda Administrations as politics and fiscal crises in both the U.S. and Japan put a strain on their alliance plan to strengthen military force posture in Japan and across Asia.

 

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Quick Hits – The Latest in Guam Business – October 24, 2011 – Trade & Investment, Buy Local, Utilities Rating, Banking, Subcontractor Award, Small Business Loans
Written by GBN STAFF   
Monday, October 24, 2011

GUAM – From performance reports of publicly traded corporations to the latest happenings at local upstarts and every size company in between, Guam Buildup News presents a weekly roundup of notable news for the island's business community.

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Top U.S. Military Leader in Japan Says Time for Action on Futenma Replacement and Guam Marine Realignment is Now
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Saturday, October 22, 2011

GUAM – In a rare interview ahead of next week's defense ministerial in Tokyo, the top U.S. military leader in Japan insists that sooner rather than later is the time to complete a new Marine air base on Okinawa to replace the one now in the island's overcrowded Futenma area. The replacement base, long held up by domestic politics in Japan, would ultimately lead to the transfer of some Futenma-based Marines to Guam.

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As Defense Experts Worry Over Aggressive China, U.S. Military Plans for Guam Pivotal but Constrained
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Thursday, October 20, 2011

GUAM – China's "breathtaking boldness" in its designs to project power across the South China Sea and beyond the Mariana Islands paints a picture of a giant "feeling its oats" at a time when domestic politics and fiscal crises have stunted a U.S.-Japan troop realignment plan to secure the region.

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With Deficit Committee Deadlocked, Pentagon Makes Urgent Appeal; Waiting Game for Guam Military Buildup
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GUAM – Even at the risk of triggering severe cuts to social and defense programs that no one seems to want, few Washington insiders think Congress's deficit super committee has the bipartisan consensus to deliver an alternative before the Nov. 23 deadline.

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As Panetta Heads to Japan, Futenma and Marine Realignment High on Agenda
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GUAM – With weeks, if not months, to go before Washington lawmakers decide on whether to cut the 2012 budget for shifting U.S. troops in Japan and moving some to Guam, Tokyo's new government is taking steps to demonstrate its commitment to the realignment.

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Quick Hits – The Latest in Guam Business – October 17, 2011 – Federal Contracts, Telecom, Real Estate, Shipping, Retailing, Education
Written by GBN STAFF   
Monday, October 17, 2011

GUAM – From performance reports of publicly traded corporations to the latest happenings at local upstarts and every size company in between, Guam Buildup News presents a weekly roundup of notable news for the island's business community.

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As Bordallo Seeks to Reconfirm Pentagon’s Stance on Guam Military Buildup, Panetta Says ‘Cost-Effective Way’ Will Be ‘The Challenge,’ Dempsey Says Much Depends on Strategic Review
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Friday, October 14, 2011

GUAM – The plan to realign U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam must be evaluated within the context of Washington's austere fiscal situation and the related sweeping review of national security strategy currently underway at the Pentagon, according to the nation's top Defense leaders.

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