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New Energy Roadmap for Army Embraces Resource Challenges

  • June 8, 2015
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The Army has adopted a new strategic roadmap that calls for integrating energy security and sustainability into all aspects of planning, procurement, construction, land use and training throughout the department, including host communities. “This strategy represents a turning point,” Undersecretary Brad Carson and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn said in a letter prefacing the new document to Army leaders. “The Army is evolving from a historic framework that viewed resource considerations as constraints on operational effectiveness to a perspective that considers the critical role of energy, water, and land resources as mission enablers. Such an integrated perspective requires balanced decisions to achieve the greatest military benefit while keeping faith with civilian communities …

‘We’ll Get There,’ Carter Says about a New BRAC Round

  • June 8, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed to continue pursuing another BRAC round until Congress relents, during remarks Thursday at a town hall event in Stuttgart, Germany. “It must be done,” Carter told troops from Africa Command, reported Military.com. “We can’t let tail and not tooth eat our budget. And so where we have unneeded infrastructure, and BRAC obviously pertains to unneeded infrastructure in the United States, we’ve got to get after that,” he said. “I am in an ongoing argument essentially with the Congress over this necessity,” Carter explained. This year’s request by President Obama to hold a BRAC round in 2017 represents the fourth consecutive year the administration has asked Congress to approve one or more base closure rounds. “But we’re going to keep trying. And I think at some point we’ll get there,” Carter said.

White House Press Secretary Indicates There Is Room for a Budget Deal

  • June 7, 2015
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The White House would not insist on a tax hike to offset any budget relief offered as part of a prospective deal to relax the Budget Control Act spending caps, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday. Earnest noted that the December 2013 Ryan-Murray agreement — which provided DOD a total of $31 billion in spending above the caps in FY 2014 and 2015 — did not include a tax hike when he was asked about not insisting on a tax increase as a prerequisite for a budget deal. “What we have said is that that is the model that should be pursued,” he said, reported CQ Roll Call. The 2013 agreement did include some fees, however …

Join ADC’s Defense Energy Council

  • June 7, 2015
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Are you interested in joining a forum devoted to promoting sustainable installations and defense communities through advances in energy? Then consider joining ADC’s Defense Energy Infrastructure and Sustainability Council. The council is made up of energy industry experts interested in exploring new opportunities in defense energy partnerships and building awareness of best practices. Open to all ADC members, the council serves as forum to facilitate the exchange of industry feedback on energy project development with the military services. Other goals include: sharing best practices, challenges and issues among industry leaders and identifying ways to improve renewable energy project development …

Local Officials, Businesses Unified in Protecting Nellis AFB

  • June 7, 2015
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Las Vegas is not exactly the kind of place that frowns on new development, but elected officials, businesses and residents in the region have made shielding Nellis Air Force Base from encroachment a top priority. “If you want to do something in that area, you’re going to get schooled real quick,” Lisa Beckley, head of the military affairs committee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, said of proposals that could threaten flying operations at the installation located on the city’s northeast side …

Senate Debate on Authorization Bill Marked by Quarrel over Budget Caps

  • June 5, 2015
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The possibility that Senate Democrats may filibuster the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill loomed over a debate Thursday stuck on the dispute over the measure’s heavy reliance on DOD’s war account to sidestep stringent spending caps. While some Democrats have indicated they will try to stop appropriations measures from advancing in the Senate, they have not yet settled on a strategy for the annual defense policy bill, reported CQ Roll Call. The authorization bill employs the House-Senate budget framework that adds $38 billion to the department’s overseas contingency operations account, which is exempt from the caps, to meet the Pentagon’s base budget request …

Administration Criticizes Senate Bill for Pursuing Privatization of Commissaries

  • June 4, 2015
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The White House this week said it opposes provisions in the Senate’s draft of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that would test the feasibility of privatizing military grocery stores. The bill, S. 1376, calls for the Defense Department to develop a plan to privatize the Defense Commissary Agency, wholly or in part. It also directs the Governmental Accountability Office to assess the potential costs and benefits of privatizing the entire network of commissaries and determining whether any barriers exist to privatizing the commissary system. Following the GAO study, DOD would be required to privatize at least five commissaries under a two-year pilot program to evaluate the feasibility of its privatization plan. The White House, though, is critical of the Senate proposal …

Senate Passes Provision to Fortify Reserve Airlift Unit at Ft. Bragg

  • June 4, 2015
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Lawmakers debating the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill in the Senate Thursday passed an amendment that would not only stop the Air Force from carrying out its plan to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing, but also replace its C-130 transport aircraft with upgraded models. The amendment, introduced by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), would relocate nine previously upgraded C-130H aircraft to Pope Field at Fort Bragg to directly support the daily training and contingency requirements of the XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command. The nine aircraft would replace the six older C-130Hs now operated by the Air Force Reserve unit that are slated to be removed …

Treasure Island Project Poised to Move ahead following Property Transfer

  • June 4, 2015
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Infrastructure development at Treasure Island could begin by 2016 with the first residential units going up the next year, following the Navy’s transfer last week of 290 acres at its former base in San Francisco Bay to the city of San Francisco. “This is a huge milestone … and a culmination of many years of work,” said Robert Beck, director of the Treasure Island Development Authority. The 290 acres encompass half of Treasure Island as well as adjoining Yerba Buena Island. The remaining 200 acres will be handed over in five subsequent transfers over the next seven years, Beck told the Examiner. The Navy will receive $55 million over the next 10 years for the land …

Hunt Acquires Half of British Infrastructure Firm

  • June 4, 2015
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El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Cos., one of the nation’s leading developers of privatized military housing, acquired a 50 percent ownership in London-based Amber Infrastructure Group in a transaction designed to help Hunt take advantage of North America’s growing infrastructure market. Hunt has worked on public-private partnership projects for decades, as well multifamily housing, military housing, community development, commercial and mixed-use development, land development, real asset investment management and property/asset management. Amber has sourced, developed and financed more than 125 social infrastructure, transportation, renewable energy and urban redevelopment projects across the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and Australia, focusing on P3s …

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