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Google Tapped to Restore Hangar at Moffett Field

  • February 11, 2014
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NASA and the General Services Administration this week selected Google to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California as well as operate the airfield’s two runways, a large dose of good news for local preservationists eager to see the 200-foot-tall structure built after World War I to house Navy dirigibles protected. The federal government now will negotiate a long-term lease with Google affiliate Planetary Ventures, which has agreed to re-skin the hangar 18 months after reaching a final deal. The hangar’s frame has been uncovered since the Navy removed its skin as part of a cleanup effort …

Services Push Ahead to Take Advantage of Shared Services Authority

  • February 11, 2014
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Representatives from the Air Force and Army at the 2014 Installation Innovation Forum on Tuesday described their efforts to implement the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services, while a senior Navy official indicated the service is encouraging its installations to explore ways to implement the authority. The Air Force is “excited about the opportunity it creates,” Kathleen Ferguson, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said of the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions …

DOD to Consider Tracking Suicides among Military Dependents

  • February 11, 2014
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DOD may consider tracking suicides among service members’ families, after a new report shows that tracking such patterns could help officials target suicide prevention programs toward military dependents. The department carefully tracks suicide trends among service members, but so far has not studied suicide among their spouses and children …

Agreement Progressing over UAS Park at Grand Forks AFB

  • February 10, 2014
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Grand Forks County is expected shortly to sign an agreement with its chosen developer for the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) park at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Last week, the county commission supported a plan to ensure that it would be “held harmless” in the event the base does not receive payments due under the enhanced use lease (EUL) project, reported Prairie Business. The commission is waiting for the results of an Air Force environmental study before signing the agreement with its developer, FDSL. Northrop Grumman is expected to be the first tenant at the EUL project, which is intended to advance the development of unmanned aerial systems.

School System Tackles Misalignment following Response to BRAC Growth at Ft. Benning

  • February 10, 2014
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The Muscogee County (Ga.) School District built several schools to accommodate the surge of students expected due to growth at Fort Benning following the 2005 round of BRAC. Unfortunately, many of the system’s schools now have a surfeit of space, while others are packed to capacity. “We have plenty of student stations, in other words, seats. They’re just not in the right place,” said David Lewis, Muscogee County Superintendent. “I could tell you it’s probably about close to half are under full capacity …

DOD Official Questions Contractors’ Optimistic Sales Forecasts

  • February 10, 2014
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The Pentagon’s acting industrial base chief expressed skepticism last week about the number of defense contractors predicting that the worst impacts from sequestration soon will be over, with the automatic cuts starting to ease in fiscal 2016. “We’re not sure at DoD that we quite see the budget environment quite that way,” Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said during her remarks at the Cowen Aerospace/Defense & Transportation Conference. “If we don’t do anything that changes sequestration after fiscal year ’15, then we’re stuck with flat, no-inflation budgets which don’t take account of the new initiatives, new requirements, that need to be funded …

Defense Spending to Gain Upper Hand over Deficit Reduction in Long-Term Budget

  • February 10, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 budget request for the Pentagon is expected to adhere to the budget caps revised in last December’s budget agreement, but at the same time the White House is encouraging DOD to include a $26 billion “wish list” of unfunded priorities in the proposal scheduled to be released next month. The department’s FY 2015 base budget will be about $496 billion. However, White House officials were surprised by many of the cuts DOD included in its draft budget proposal, especially the elimination of one of the Navy’s aircraft carriers …

City Acts to Spur Development outside of Fort Polk

  • February 9, 2014
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The city of Leesville closed in on its goal of attracting commercial and residential development outside the gates of Fort Polk, after the city council last month approved an agreement allowing Leesville to acquire property needed for water infrastructure improvements along a highway and a proposed parkway connecting it to the post in west-central Louisiana. “The acquisition of water assets along La. 467 and the proposed parkway between La. 467 and La. 468 will bring us one step closer to creating a well-developed urban area just outside Fort Polk’s gates …

ADC Welcomes 2014 National Partners

  • February 9, 2014
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The Association of Defense Communities today announced the latest companies to become 2014 National Partners, the association’s annual sponsorship program that affords participants the opportunity to enhance their outreach to key defense community stakeholders and play a leadership role within ADC. These 12 companies join five others that previously committed to become annual sponsors …

Budget Cuts Require Balancing Act, Hagel Says; Work Nominated for Deputy Slot

  • February 9, 2014
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Short on specifics, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the need to take “a holistic point of view” as Pentagon officials fine-tune the fiscal 2015 budget request. The key is to balance readiness, modernization and capability as planners look for places to trim about $41 million from the FY 2015 spending level the department envisioned one year ago, he told reporters Friday during a Pentagon press briefing. “Now, will there be cuts across the board? Of course there will. You can’t do it any other way. Are there going to be adjustments across the board? Of course …

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