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

    DOD Outlines Process for LRAs to Request Protection under Environmental Statute0

    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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  • Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base

    Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base0

    Leaders from the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday celebrated the opening of a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar array at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Now operational, this 254-acre solar farm contains approximately 133,000 solar photovoltaic panels and is delivering energy to the installation and the surrounding community at

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  • DOD Needs a BRAC Focused on Slashing Costs, Berteau Says

    DOD Needs a BRAC Focused on Slashing Costs, Berteau Says0

    A new round of base closures is urgently needed for the Pentagon to handle its growing responsibilities in the face of tight fiscal constraints, David Berteau, CEO of the Professional Services Council, said last week. “We desperately need another round of base closures,” said Berteau, who served as assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness until joining the council in March. “And that round of base closures has to be done in such a way that is focuses on reductions that produce early and real savings, not on realignments that may make sense from a business point of view but won’t make sense from a budgetary point of view …

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  • Critics Slam DOD for Growth in Civilian Workforce0

    As the Department of Defense continues to look at ways to manage its budget challenges, the DOD civilian workforce has been a point of contention for many defense experts. The size of the civilian workforce has increased 15 percent since 2010, according to Federal News Radio. The American Enterprise Institute recently released a scathing report criticizing the department for its failure to reduce its civilian and contract workforce.

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  • Air Force, Army to Collaborate in Pursuit of Renewable Energy Development

    Air Force, Army to Collaborate in Pursuit of Renewable Energy Development1

    The Air Force and Army offices responsible for building a portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects that leverage private sector financing entered into a formal partnership on Wednesday that will allow the two organizations to share resources. The memorandum of agreement — signed at a Pentagon ceremony by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, and Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy — calls for the offices to share support staff, business processes and best practices …

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  • Army Hoping to Avoid Out-of-Pocket Housing Costs for Soldiers Living On-Post

    Army Hoping to Avoid Out-of-Pocket Housing Costs for Soldiers Living On-Post0

    The Army has directed its private housing partners to look for ways to trim the cost of operating their projects as a response to the reduction in basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments Congress has authorized to alleviate the Defense Department’s fiscal constraints. By slowing the rate of increase in the BAH, out-of-pocket housing costs for service members are slated to rise by one percentage point a year until they reach 5 percent in 2019, under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. This year, personnel living off-base are paying 2 percent of their rental and utility costs out-of-pocket. But the belt-tightening move is hurting the finances of the owners of privatized family housing as their rents are tied to the BAH payments received by service members …

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