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Air Force Unveils Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet at Los Angeles AFB

  • November 16, 2014
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The Air Force on Friday rolled out a fleet of 42 plug-in electric vehicles that will be used at Los Angeles AFB to demonstrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. The fleet — which includes both electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from sedans to trucks and a 12-passenger van — has the capability to direct power to and from the electrical grid when the vehicles are not being driven. Bidirectional charging stations at the base can charge a vehicle from the local utility grid as well as discharge a vehicle’s onboard battery to support its V2G capability …

Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Seeks Firm to Prepare Reuse, Homeless Assistance Plans

  • November 16, 2014
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The Pueblo (Colo.) Depot Activity Development Authority, now known as PuebloPlex, will issue a request for proposals for redevelopment planning services on Monday. As part of its duties under the Redevelopment Act for surplus property at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, PuebloPlex is seeking qualified organizations through an RFP for contractual consultant services to complete its redevelopment plan and homeless assistance submission …

New Neighborhood Set to Open at Hunters Point

  • November 16, 2014
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Before the end of winter, the first residents will begin moving into new homes at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in southeastern San Francisco. “It will be the next full neighborhood in San Francisco,” said Sheryl McKibben, sales agent for the development that Lennar Urban has named the San Francisco Shipyard. “Almost a city within a city,” she said. The first phase of building will result in 1,400 homes on 63 acres. When it is completed, the decades-long, multibillion-dollar redevelopment is slated to have 12,500 new homes and more than 4 million square feet of office, commercial and retail space. “People create these places,” Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban, told NBC Bay Area. “We can’t wait to have families running around here.” Beginning next year, the Navy is planning to transfer other parts of the shipyard as they are cleaned up.

Deputy Defense Secretary Takes up the BRAC Mantle

  • November 14, 2014
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During remarks Wednesday focusing on the bind the Pentagon faces between stringent spending caps and a Congress unwilling to embrace the department’s belt-tightening reforms, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work believed there was an opening to make the case for a new round of base closures. “The first place we should look at is our basing infrastructure. The department spends about $55 billion annually to maintain, sustain, and protect its bases,” Work said during the Center for Strategic and International Studies Fifth Annual Global Security Forum. And with recent and planned cuts to the military’s force structure, DOD’s excess capacity, estimated at 24 percent, is only rising, he said …

House Republicans Split over Way Forward on FY’15 Spending

  • November 13, 2014
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Following a strategy meeting Thursday, the House GOP conference appeared divided over whether to pursue a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill or another short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government open when the existing stopgap runs out Dec. 11. “I don’t think a full-year omnibus makes much sense, but there was no decision in there. Nobody wants a shutdown,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), adopting a stance popular among conservatives who would like to wait until the Republican Party controls both the House and Senate before making final decisions regarding FY 2015 spending …

Lawmakers Shoot Down Air Force Compromise over A-10 Retirements

  • November 13, 2014
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Congressional advocates of the A-10 Warthog likely will reject an Air Force compromise to retire only 72 of the close air support aircraft, based on comments made Thursday at a media event rallying support for the aircraft. “I’ll give them this, they’re persistent,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said of the Air Force’s offer to retire only part of its A-10 Warthog fleet. “And even when they have heard directly from both bodies, they have continued to push this retirement, despite the fact that we are going to have a gap in capability at a time when the world has become even more dangerous for those who serve us on the ground …

Corpus Christi Advances $5M in Projects to Benefit Military

  • November 13, 2014
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The Corpus Christi (Texas) City Council on Tuesday moved to approve $5 million in projects intended to benefit local installations. The investments are intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot ahead of further Pentagon spending cuts, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Corpus Christi is deeply committed financially to the long-term health and welfare of our military’s operations here,” City Councilman Mark Scott said during the meeting. With cuts looming, “we continue to show Washington our ongoing commitment to their presence …

SolarCity to Install Solar Panels on Navy, Marine Corps Family Housing in San Diego

  • November 13, 2014
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The Navy’s family housing partner in San Diego reached a deal with SolarCity to purchase energy generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic systems installed on nearly 6,000 homes across 27 neighborhoods, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday. The power purchase agreement between SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing represents one of the solar provider’s largest residential efforts under its SolarStrong initiative to provide energy to military housing communities across the country. The San Diego rooftop installations would add 20 megawatts or more of renewable energy capacity to the Navy’s portfolio …

Conservatives Could Upset Plans for an Omnibus

  • November 12, 2014
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The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are continuing to work toward an early December deadline to complete a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill for the entire federal government, but at the same time conservative lawmakers may act to disrupt those plans. The latest hurdle standing in the way of an omnibus is an effort by conservatives to include language blocking the president from taking executive action on immigration. Rep. Matt Salmon (R- Ariz.) has attracted the signature of 50 colleagues on a letter asking appropriators to include language barring the use of funds to carry out an executive order …

Air Force Offers Compromise over A-10 Fleet Retirement

  • November 12, 2014
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Air Force leaders have broached the possibility of retiring only 72 A-10 close air support aircraft during fiscal 2015 in response to Congress’ rejection of its proposal to retire its entire fleet of Warthogs. During briefings on Capitol Hill, Air Force officials said they urgently need this limited retirement so they can shift maintenance crews from A-10 units to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Unless the service is allowed to retire three active-duty squadrons, it may not be able to meet the planned Aug. 1, 2016, operational date for the F-35A …

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