While workers at Crane welcomed the news, the future for 2014 remains unclear. The Pentagon is slated for a $52 billion budget cut in 2014, according to earlier reports. It is not yet known how those cuts will be made, even at a Defense Working Capital Fund facility like Crane that relies on sales revenue and not direct appropriations.
"However, even with these improvements, this is a military whose readiness remains seriously degraded as we head toward the budgetary uncertainties of (Fiscal Year) 2014," Hagel said.
Some workers have been let go by NSA Crane recently. Many of the 28 workers worked in police and fire protection, according to AFGE.