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  • Marine Corps Plans to Expand Use of Partnership Authority following Early Success

    Marine Corps Plans to Expand Use of Partnership Authority following Early Success

    Even before the final results are in from four pilot projects testing DOD’s new authority for forming installation-community partnerships, Marine Corps officials already are planning on rolling out the authority on a wider scale. Pilots at three locations — Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga.; MCLB Barstow, Calif.; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii — begun one year ago resulted in the development of 24 partnering initiatives with local agencies. The initiatives mainly involve public works, training and education, and emergency management, although the Marine Corps has not focused on any single function, said Tom Ruffini, director of government and external affairs at Marine Corps Installations Command …

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  • New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says

    New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says

    President Trump’s steps so far to back away from existing policies intended to address climate change have not upended the military services’ push to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. But the department’s former installations and energy chief says even if the new administration revisits DOD’s policies on sustainability, it should be careful not to limit efforts that can be justified for reasons beyond their environmental benefits. There is a clear business case for the military to develop new generation capacity on base using solar, wind or other renewable resources as they are generally financed by developers or utilities and can cut an installation’s electricity bill, John Conger, who led the Pentagon’s installations office from 2012 to 2015, told Defense Communities 360 …

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  • County Economic Development Director Underscores Challenges in Finding New Uses for Closed Bases

    County Economic Development Director Underscores Challenges in Finding New Uses for Closed Bases

    A new round of base closures may allow the Pentagon to redirect spending on unneeded facilities into higher priority requirements, but advocates for a sixth BRAC round shouldn’t promote the process as one defense communities can readily recover from, says the head of an economic development organization helping to address a realignment in south central Pennsylvania. “No one should think it’s an easy process,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., which has been supporting the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority in its efforts to convert almost 1,500 acres to commercial use since Letterkenny Army Depot was realigned following the 1995 round of BRAC …

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  • Defense Credit Unions Provide Key Support for Installations

    Defense Credit Unions Provide Key Support for Installations

    Credit unions have been located on military installations for more than 85 years, providing service members access to credit and a safe place to keep their savings. But they also represent a crucial partner of the military that contributes millions of dollars annually to a variety of on-base activities, including special events, schools and recreation. In addition, many defense credit unions have added branches in the surrounding communities as they have grown and serve military members living off-base and those who have separated from the military. In that capacity credit unions continue to invest in the community, contributing to civic causes and helping to promote the area. Defense credit unions contributed a total of $11 million to military and community needs in 2016, and provided 60,000 hours of volunteer service, according to the Defense Credit Union Council …

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  • White House Budget Plan Doesn’t Add Up

    White House Budget Plan Doesn’t Add Up

    With defense hawks and Democrats alike blasting President Trump’s proposal to offset a $54 billion increase in military spending above the statutory budget cap with a corresponding cut in domestic programs, the consensus of budget watchers is that the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request will be merely the opening salvo in what is likely to

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  • ADC Recognizes Eight Communities for Exceptional Support to Service Members, Military Families

    ADC Recognizes Eight Communities for Exceptional Support to Service Members, Military Families

    ADC on Wednesday designated eight communities as “Great American Defense Communities,” a recognition of the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. The association launched the Great American Defense Communities initiative in conjunction with the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses last year to showcase the efforts communities take to support installations and their personnel. The 2017 class, along with the neighboring installations, includes: the Alamo – San Antonio region, Texas (Joint Base San Antonio); the Charleston region, S.C. (Joint Base Charleston); Christian County, Ky. (Fort Campbell); the Fort Hood – Central Texas region (Fort Hood); Hampton Roads, Va. (multiple installations); Maricopa County, Ariz. (Luke Air Force Base); Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Fort Huachuca); and the Governments of Southeastern Connecticut (Naval Submarine Base New London, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and other Coast Guard and National Guard facilities ) …

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  • DOD Outlines Process for LRAs to Request Protection under Environmental Statute

    DOD Outlines Process for LRAs to Request Protection under Environmental Statute

    The Defense Department has proposed a rule outlining the process for local redevelopment authorities (LRAs), owners and others in control of BRAC sites to request legal representation from DOD according to a federal statute intended to protect them from liability for undiscovered contamination. The proposed rule, published in the Dec. 7 Federal Register, stems from Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization act, which indemnifies owners of former military base property from lawsuits, judgements and other actions arising out of claims for personal injury or property damage. To date, the statute primarily has been relied on by LRAs and their insurers to recover damages from the military after they encounter previously unknown contamination …

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  • Compromise Defense Policy Bill Would Boost Force Levels

    Compromise Defense Policy Bill Would Boost Force Levels

    The House and Senate Armed Services committees have settled on a compromise fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would halt planned cuts in the end strength of the Army, Air Force and Marines in the coming year, while jettisoning several provisions that were likely to draw a presidential veto. The conference report likely will be filed today. The House is expected to vote on the agreement Friday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week, reported Military Times. Perhaps the most far-reaching impact of the legislation for defense communities is its rejection of the Pentagon’s plans to reduce the size of the Army and Marine Corps …

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