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Appropriations Committee Asks for Detailed Analysis of Infrastructure Needs in BRAC Study

  • April 22, 2015
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Citing its concern about the Pentagon’s repeated calls for a new BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to provide a comprehensive assessment of its infrastructure needs. “Though the committee is not endorsing or precluding another BRAC round, it is interested in more detailed information that would help lead Congress to make an informed decision on that question,” states the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure that was released Tuesday …

House Readiness Panel Dismisses BRAC Request

  • April 22, 2015
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee once again rejects the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, according to its portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The language in the draft bill stating that, “Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” affirms the committee’s intent to reject DOD’s request to conduct a BRAC round in 2017, the panel states …

ADC Regional Forums to Introduce Local Leaders to Defense Community Issues

  • April 21, 2015
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A new series of regional forums hosted by ADC is intended to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities, including DOD fiscal constraints and their impact on force structure, a looming BRAC round and defense industry adjustment. The inaugural event, the Defense Communities Southeast Regional Forum, will be held in Fayetteville, N.C., from May 28-29. In addition to bringing local officials up to speed on what’s going on in Washington, the forum will cover the tools and strategies available to support defense communities …

House Panel Wants to Highlight Opportunities for Shedding Unneeded Facilities

  • April 21, 2015
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In addition to requesting a study that could help determine whether a new BRAC round is required, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to submit a report highlighting underutilized facilities out of concern that it is spending significant sums on unneeded infrastructure. “The committee is concerned that Department of Defense officials have stated an estimated 30 percent of defense facilities are in excess of mission requirements, a fiscally unsustainable diversion of scarce resources from readiness,” according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure that was released Tuesday …

Ohio Lawmakers Stash $5M in Budget Bill to Support Military Infrastructure

  • April 21, 2015
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Ohio would have $5 million to invest in infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations in the state, under an earmark included in a budget bill under consideration by the Ohio House. The earmark would create an Ohio Military Facilities Commission which would be responsible for positioning the state’s installation to survive a future BRAC round, said House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R), who added the provision to the budget bill. “This is sorely needed, especially when there are fiscal constraints on the federal level to support our military facilities,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Turner …

State Seeks Project Manager for Study of Defense Manufacturing Supply Chain in Georgia

  • April 21, 2015
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The Georgia Department of Economic Development plans to hire a senior project manager on a contract basis to coordinate a study on supply chain mapping. The department has been awarded a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to determine the impact of DOD and related federal spending on Georgia’s economy by identifying the aerospace and defense industrial base down to the 4th tier suppliers, and mapping them according to NAICS and product or service codes …

House Milcon Panel Calls for BRAC Justification Study

  • April 21, 2015
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The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee is directing the Defense Department to conduct a study to determine whether a new round of base closures is necessary, as part of its fiscal 2016 spending bill. The panel directs DOD to report by the end of the year its “initial assessment of excess inventory and cost personnel associated with that,” reported the Tampa Tribune. Florida Rep. David Jolly (R) told the paper he supports the provision calling for a BRAC justification study and isn’t hesitant to consider the administration’s request to hold a base closure round in 2017 …

Budget Conferees Make Case for Pentagon Spending

  • April 20, 2015
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Republican lawmakers highlighted the importance of funding defense programs at the initial meeting Monday of the House-Senate budget conference, signaling the likelihood that the compromise fiscal 2016 budget resolution will satisfy defense hawks. “The world is just more dangerous today than it was in 2011 when we passed the Budget Control Act,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, a member of the Armed Services Committee. In their budget blueprints, both chambers added $38 billion in spending to DOD’s overseas contingency operations account as a way of sidestepping the statutory ceiling on defense spending in FY 2016 …

Northwestern Ohio Officials Develop Workforce Vision

  • April 20, 2015
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Officials in northwest Ohio last week held a two-day workshop to generate ideas to expand job creation opportunities and assist businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. The participants first learned that existing workforce development efforts in Allen County have a cohesive structure, according to Future iQ Partners, the consultant hired by the county through a $220,000 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment. “You don’t have dysfunction here,” said David Beurle, the firm’s CEO. “You’re not broken … and you’re not starting at zero. You’ve got momentum …

Pennsylvania Holds Inaugural Meeting of Base Support Commission

  • April 20, 2015
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The 17-member Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission held its first meeting last week with the primary aim of protecting and promoting the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC. “I am looking forward to working with my legislative colleagues as well as with economic development professionals and other volunteers on the commission to focus our efforts and activities that will protect and enhance the military value of our defense installations in serving our warfighters,” said state Sen. John Blake, a member of the commission who represents a district that includes Tobyhanna Army Depot. “We are aware that BRAC discussions will occur in Washington, D.C., in the years ahead. We need to work now to ensure Pennsylvania installations and Pennsylvania workers are not endangered by future BRAC decisions …

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