80th Annual Meeting


WHEREAS, the Presidentís FY 2013 budget calls for $525.4 billion in discretionary funding for the base Department of Defense (DOD) budget, a decrease of 1 percent, or $5.1 billion, below the 2012 enacted level.DODís Overseas Contingency Operations funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan would drop 23 percent; and

WHEREAS, Under the Presidentís proposal, DODís spending over the next 10 years would be $486.9 billion less than was planned in last yearís budget and savings are to be realized through ďtargeted reductions in force structure and modernization; reprioritization of key missions and the requirements that support them; and continued reforms and efficiencies in acquisition, management, and other business practices,Ē and

WHEREAS, the National Defense Industrial Association projects that about 50 percent of the proposed cuts will be seen in acquisition, and industries also will be affected by the delay of a significant amount of procurement beyond 2017, and the cancellation of some programs for poor performance; and

WHEREAS, the Presidentís budget also states that the nationís new defense strategy, with its leaner, more agile and flexible force, will require ďa properly aligned infrastructure from which to operate, deploy, and train,Ē and requests budget authority for DOD to conduct two additional rounds of base realignment and closure (BRAC), with the first commencing in 2013 and the second in 2015; and

WHEREAS, the Budget Control Act of 2011 requires that, in the absence of agreement in Congress on a federal budget reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion between 2013 and 2021, across-the-board cuts (sequestration) necessary to reach this target will be made in both security and non-security spending in January 2013; and

WHEREAS, The Secretary of Defense, our Nationís military leaders, and Defense Industry representatives have warned that the indiscriminate and arbitrary additional cut of $600 billion from sequestration over a ten year period to the Defense Department would have a catastrophic impact to National Security, leading to tens of thousands of additional military personnel being discharged from Service and the immediate loss of thousands of defense-related jobs in the private sector; and

WHEREAS, the nationís cities are affected, directly and indirectly, by the arbitrary reductions in spending for national defense, and local workforces and economies will be affected by a lower level of military procurement and by the abandonment or downsizing of military facilities located in proximity to urban areas; and

WHEREAS, In this current climate of change, managing the human and economic impact of reduced military industrial activity or a smaller military presence in and around cities must be recognized as a national goal that is shared by DOD and the local governments affected; and

WHEREAS, the formation of the Task Force on Defense Transition and U.S. Cities is the Conference of Mayorsí response to the need to establish an open channel of communication on transition issues with the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Defense Transition Task Force also seeks to engage non-defense agencies in the development of alternative applications of defense technologies and alternative uses of defense facilities that become available and in its work, the task force will focus on the development of new opportunities for business development and job creation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages Congress and the Administration to:

  • Be cognizant of the impact of any realignment of the defense budget on the cities and metro areas in which defense industrial activity plays a significant role in the workforce and economy; and

  • Ensure that any realignment of defense spending that occurs does not result in significant and/or abrupt dislocations in workforces that are involved, directly or indirectly, in defense-related work; and

  • Support the development of alternative applications of defense technologies and alternative uses of defense facilities that have the potential to open new opportunities for business and job development; and

  • Establish an open channel of communication with the nationís mayors on continuing efforts to maintain stability in the local economies in which defense-related activity plays a role; and

  • Agree on a budget for FY 2013 and a plan to reduce federal budget deficits without resorting to the sequestration process to be imposed in January 2013 under the Budget Control Act Ė sequestration that ignores both short-term and long-term policy impacts to health and welfare of our military forces and our Nationís security.