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Riverside County Establishes Commission to Protect Air Force, Navy Facilities

  • October 29, 2014
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Motivated by the prospect of a new BRAC round in the near future, Riverside County in Southern California this week created a commission to shield its two military installations from the budget knife. “We’re taking this seriously,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley. “We’re leading a countywide effort to secure the support of our cities … because we believe in protecting these bases and the people who work there,” she said, reported the Valley News. The body’s primary focus will be strengthening the position of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco ahead of the next round of base closures …

State Investment in Electric Boat Bolsters Defense Manufacturing Sector

  • October 29, 2014
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The state of Connecticut will provide Electric Boat with a $10 million loan to support an expansion at its Groton facility that will add up to 200 jobs, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced Wednesday. Electric Boat’s expansion, estimated to cost $31.5 million, is needed to accommodate additional engineers, designers and other professionals that the company requires as it completes work related to the Navy’s Virginia class nuclear submarines as well as the Ohio replacement program, the newest class of submarines. “Our state’s defense product and parts manufacturing sector is becoming increasingly important to the Pentagon’s supply chain and, ultimately, our national defense strategy as illustrated by the growing number and value of contracts awarded to Connecticut-based industry leaders like Electric Boat over the past decade …

Ohio County Seeks Consultant for Evaluation of Former Lima Army Tank Plant, Its Workforce

  • October 29, 2014
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Allen County, Ohio, is seeking a consultant to support local economic adjustment efforts aimed at preparing, retaining and diversifying current and displaced workers at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in preparation of the M1A3 Abrams product line and future production of both military and nonmilitary structures at the facility in northwestern Ohio. Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Allen County Commissioners in the Commissioners Office, 204 North Main Street, Suite 301, Lima, Ohio until 2 p.m., on Dec. 1 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the purchase of a Future Alternatives for the JSMC and its Workforce …

Readiness to Decline again if Spending Caps Remain, Army Officials Warn

  • October 29, 2014
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Senior Army leaders are increasingly concerned about the health of the force, as the department faces new demands and the likely return of sequester’s full impact in fiscal 2016. Unless Congress acts to relax the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps, the Army’s end strength, modernization and readiness will remain out of balance at least until 2019, Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, said last week. It could take the Army as long as four years to fully recover from that state, he said. “We would come into that fiscal year with a readiness deficit … that we wouldn’t be able to drop money to fix …

Utah National Guard, Neighbors Look to Protect Training Site

  • October 28, 2014
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Officials with the Utah National Guard and communities surrounding Camp Williams are considering recommendations in a recent joint land use study to protect the facility from encroachment as residential development approaches its perimeter. One strategy the city of Herriman is pursuing to preserve open space around the installation, located 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, is to obtain funding from the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The city could use properties where development is restricted to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities …

$3M DOD Grant to Help Diversify NE Pennsylvania Defense Sector

  • October 28, 2014
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The Defense Department last week awarded Pennsylvania a $3.0 million grant to strengthen defense manufacturers in the northeastern portion of the state and help them diversify in the face of uncertain DOD budgets. The state will use the grant, awarded by the Office of Economic Adjustment, to launch the Northeast Pennsylvania Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, an effort to deploy a collaborative network of workforce and economic development organizations. The two-year initiative will help the region craft a customized economic development strategy and increase the global competitiveness of the region’s defense sector …

Brunswick LRA Delivers $1M in Revenue Sharing for Navy

  • October 28, 2014
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The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) last week paid the Navy $1.5 million as part of the revenue-sharing component of the economic development conveyance (EDC) for the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, the authority announced Tuesday. The payment, generated from property sales and leases at what is now Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park, represents MRRA’s second payment to the federal government stemming from the EDC this year. It follows a $3 million check it sent the Navy in June to pay off a note 10 years before it was due …

DLA Releases Renewable Energy RFP for Navy Installations in Texas

  • October 28, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency Energy this week issued a request for proposals for the purchase of renewable energy to power three Navy installations in Texas from a new off-site generation facility. The plant would supply up to 55 megawatts of electricity to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville and Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth over a period of 10 years. The power will be delivered through the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, according to a press release from the Navy Renewable Energy Program Office …

Prospects for Enacting Relief from Sequester Improve as Global Crises Mount

  • October 28, 2014
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The confluence of multiple unplanned demands on the nation’s military and the possibility that Republicans will capture the Senate are helping the chances that Congress acts to shield the Pentagon from the full impact of the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps starting in fiscal 2016. While it remains unlikely that Congress will abolish the stringent caps, the prospects are decent that it will provide some relief, Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Hill. “The only really feasible solution is a small deal that raises the defense budget caps by $5 to $10 billion and also raises the non-defense budget caps by the same amount …

Partnership Talks between Malmstrom AFB, Local Officials Advance

  • October 27, 2014
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Discussions that began earlier this year between leaders at Malmstrom Air Force Base and community officials aimed at sharing installation support services for a variety of functions are starting to yield results. The central Montana installation and Great Falls College Montana State University will collaborate in a training co-op for airmen and college students in the field of respiratory therapy, reported KFBB. The partnership will allow military personnel and community members to participate in training programs for law enforcement, medical and other professions …

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