• What a Presidential Transition Means for Defense0

    The nation is intently focused on the current drama that is the president race — who’s collecting delegates, whether it’s fair or rigged, and who will end up winning the party nominations. But, according to a story published in The Atlantic, behind this cloud of politics are teams of policy experts, senior thought leaders and former high-ranking civil servants hurriedly preparing for the presidential transition.

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  • Washington Insiders to Examine Likely Future for Defense Communities0

    The Defense Department has struggled the past three years under sequestration, prompting cuts in funding for operations and training, a reduction in its force structure and declining support for installations. For defense communities, the future is uncertain. If Congress fails to provide the Pentagon relief from the stringent caps now in place, many installations will start to “hollow out,” with local economies and services forced to cope with a dwindling military presence. A new BRAC round likely would relieve some of the pressure on communities, but lawmakers so far have rejected the Obama administration’s repeated requests for additional base closures. At the same time, DOD and community leaders crafting a framework for the “Base of the Future” have been looking at new ways to collaborate to provide installation services …

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  • Top Army Officials to Meet With Community Leaders at Summit0

    With the Army expected shortly to announce how it will restructure its forces to shrink its end strength by up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, top Army officials will hold a special meeting for community leaders at the National Summit later this month. Army officials will discuss community concerns about the pending downsizing, including its likely impact on the local economy, municipal services and schools, and the housing market. The meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 2 p.m., is intended to be member-driven, providing communities an opportunity to share their concerns and ideas with Army leadership. The meeting also will act as a forum for communities to share lessons learned from past drawdowns, and is expected to cover a range of defense adjustment strategies …

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  • Lawmakers to Discuss BRAC, Installation Issues in FY’16 Defense Policy Bill0

    This year’s defense authorization bill almost certainly won’t give DoD the green light it wants to hold a new BRAC round, but it could help the department build its case that a new round is needed. The House version of the annual defense policy bill calls for DoD to prepare a 20-year force structure plan for each service and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The Senate draft does not contain a similar provision, however, and so it is not yet clear if the House language will remain in the final bill. The fiscal 2016 authorization bill will be highlighted on Wednesday, June 24, when several members of the congressional Armed Services committees address the Defense Communities National Summit during the Congressional Keynote Briefing. One of the featured speakers will be Washington Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and one of the few lawmakers who has backed the Obama administration’s request for a new base closure round …

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  • Defense Communities Find Themselves at a Crossroads0

    We have arrived at a crossroads for communities and installations — a juncture defined by years of budget battles and indecision. No matter which way you turn, the path forward is full of challenges and unknowns. In one direction is the status quo — sequestration, continued deadlock, death by a thousand cuts and the hollowing out of our bases and the communities they call home. In another direction is BRAC – a painful process that doesn’t solve every problem, but may add some clarity to the way ahead. There is a third path emerging, one defined by partnership and collaboration as a way to forge a vision of the base of the future …

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  • Military Continues to Look to P3s to Carry out Installation Support Missions0

    With the squeeze on budgets for installation support, the Army Reserve is looking for ways to further leverage the resources of the commercial real estate industry to help it manage and maintain its massive portfolio. The effort to identify new opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) would build on the Army Reserve’s successful real property exchange program. Next month’s National Summit will feature a session on the future of P3s throughout DOD, focusing on the next generation of projects as well as the challenges associated with ongoing ones. The session will look at opportunities in real estate and housing, energy generation and conservation, and other installation support services. James Balocki, the Army Reserve’s CEO and director of services and installations, believes developers are best suited to come up with creative solutions to the Army Reserve’s real estate needs …

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