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Move of DOD Activity Could Jump Start Redevelopment of Annapolis Research Facility

  • July 28, 2014
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The planned move of the U.S. Joint Spectrum Center from the former David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis could revitalize a 10-year-old, $250 million reuse plan for the site on the Severn River. The Joint Spectrum Center, part of the Defense Information Systems Agency, remained at David Taylor after it was shuttered following an earlier BRAC round. The center and its 160 employees will relocate to Fort Meade, Md. …

Industry Day at Groton Sub Base to Explore Alternative Energy Projects

  • July 27, 2014
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The Navy is inviting utility and other energy services providers to attend an energy industry day on Aug. 20 to discuss future projects and potential opportunities for meeting the energy goals at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn. The event is intended “to engage industry in an interactive way to gather additional information to support on-going market research efforts for upcoming renewable and alternative energy projects,” according to the announcement. The industry day is meant for utility providers and entities with a vested interest in utilities servicing the base, as well as energy services contractors and subcontractors qualified to support Naval Facilities Engineering Command in large-scale energy projects, it says. Registration is due by noon on Aug. 12. Announcement and registration materials are available on NECO.

Oklahoma Needs Consultant to Map State’s Defense Industry Supply Chain

  • July 27, 2014
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The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is issuing an RFP for “Oklahoma and the Department of Defense: Impacts on the State’s Economy and Workforce Supply Chain Mapping and Analytics.” The project will utilize a supply chain mapping model performed by a contracted, nationally recognized independent economics and analytics firm with experience in the defense industry …

DOD’s Industrial Policy Chief to Step Down

  • July 27, 2014
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Elana Broitman, who heads the Pentagon’s industrial policy office, said Friday she is stepping down next month after only five months in her current post. Broitman, the deputy assistant secretary of defense (DASD) for manufacturing and industrial base policy, told her office that she would be moving to New York because of a change in her husband’s job, reported Defense News. She joined the Pentagon in 2013 as principal deputy to the DASD. When her predecessor Brett Lambert left last summer, Broitman replaced him in an acting capacity. In March she was officially named to her current post. Broitman will leave DOD at the end of August. “The department will ensure that the work of [the office] will continue through this transition,” spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told Defense News.

Defense Policy Forum to Help Define Path toward ‘Base of the Future’

  • July 27, 2014
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Belt-tightening at the Pentagon has forced the military services to consider new ways to manage our defense infrastructure, including a heightened focus on community-military partnerships. But with deficit reduction a long-term priority, many in the installations community are looking for more fundamental changes in how DoD manages its bases as the key to sustaining defense installations for decades to come. On Sept. 15, ADC will host a half-day policy forum in downtown Washington focusing on the “Base of the Future.” The event will convene DoD and congressional leaders, states and communities, and industry representatives to discuss the future of defense infrastructure and installation services, and define how bases will be managed in the next decade …

Ft. Hood Should Be Shielded from Next Round of Army Cuts, Support Group Official Says

  • July 27, 2014
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Because it ranks as one of the Army’s top installations based on military value, Fort Hood is unlikely to suffer a worst-case scenario loss of 14,606 soldiers and 1,394 civilians when the service determines how to eliminate up to 70,000 additional troops by 2020, according to the head of the post’s community-based support group. “They will objectively analyze the effect a base has on its surrounding area, and the area’s deemed high military value will be unaffected by major changes,” Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, said Thursday at a meeting of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. In fact, the central Texas post could grow if the Pentagon were to conduct a new round of base closures, he said …

Navy Taps Pacific Energy for Multiple Solar Projects in Hawaii

  • July 27, 2014
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The Navy awarded a contract to Boca Raton, Fla.-based Pacific Energy Solutions LLC to provide an estimated 17 megawatts of electricity using solar energy at Navy and Marine Corps bases on Oahu, Hawaii, Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday. Pacific Energy Solutions will design, construct, own, operate and maintain the solar photovoltaic systems under power purchase agreements valued at up to $500 million …

Senate Panel Encourages Entrepreneurship for Veterans

  • July 24, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee praised the Small Business Administration’s “Boots to Business” program for helping transitioning service members start businesses, according to its draft report accompanying the FY 2015 Financial Services spending bill, which funds the SBA. The report noted that the entrepreneurial curriculum is offered to service members as an option within the revised transition assistance program. The committee pointed out that many of SBA’s programs for veterans provide counseling and training after service members separate from DOD …

LRA Looks for New Uses for Former Brunswick Control Tower

  • July 24, 2014
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The LRA for the former Brunswick Naval Air Station is considering a variety of uses for the $15 million air traffic control tower the Navy built 10 years ago, but directing air traffic is not likely to make the shortlist. That’s because there’s not enough flights to justify operating a tower at what is now home to Brunswick Executive Airport, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Times Record. The facility, located on Maine’s coast, needs to retain an aeronautical-related use, according to the terms of the public benefit conveyance allowing the Navy to transfer the airfield property to the authority …

Senate Appropriators Lend Support for Revising HUBZone Program

  • July 24, 2014
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A proposal to ease requirements for tenants at closed installations to qualify for the HUBZone program — a Small Business Administration (SBA) initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — has picked up the endorsement of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislative change was added to the Senate version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill before the Armed Services Committee approved the measure in May. The language would expand the geographic boundaries of HUBZones at BRAC sites to include the town or county where the installation is located, or census tracts contiguous to the installation …

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