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Army, DOE Partner to Shave Energy Costs at Industrial Facilities

  • August 10, 2014
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A partnership between DOD and the Department of Energy launched four years ago to advance the federal government’s push to conserve energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels has found millions of dollars in energy savings at many of the Army’s industrial facilities. Recommendations generated by energy assessment teams organized by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office have helped identify $8 million in energy cost reductions, reported the Army’s installations, energy and environment office. The teams, made up of engineering professors and students from 24 universities across the country, recently completed energy assessments at three installations operated by Army Materiel Command …

Energy Forum to Address Uncertainty Created by Looming Expiration of Tax Credits

  • August 10, 2014
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Investment tax credits for renewable energy projects have played a significant role in the industry’s growth over the past decade while helping lower the price for the end consumer. But with the deadlines to take advantage of the tax credits for solar and other renewables fast approaching, the economic assumptions behind most projects soon may change, raising questions as to whether the Pentagon’s appetite for renewables can be sustained. Next month, ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships are co-hosting a one-day event in Washington that will take a close look at how the possible expiration of the energy tax credits will affect the future of third-party financing for renewable projects on military installations …

Prospects Remain Uncertain for Senate to Debate Authorization Bill Next Month

  • August 10, 2014
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has included the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill on his to-do list for September, but the chamber’s busy schedule next month may force it to postpone debate on the legislation. Given the limited floor time available, the number of amendments filed on the annual defense policy bill could dictate when the Senate takes it up. So far 141 amendments have been filed, but the number almost certainly will rise before the bill goes to the floor, reported CQ …

Ft. McPherson LRA Approves Sale to Filmmaker Tyler Perry

  • August 10, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson on Friday approved a memorandum of understanding with filmmaker Tyler Perry for the purchase of 330 acres, about two-thirds of the former post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, for a movie and television production complex. Under the agreement, Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise, would purchase the property for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages. “I am confident that this kind of development will bring hundreds of permanent jobs into the area, and attract robust additional investment into the Southside of our city,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed …

Robins AFB Poised for Long-Term Sustainment, Officials Say

  • August 7, 2014
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Supporters of Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia should prepare for another BRAC round, but as long as the facility remains productive, it likely would be spared during a new base closure exercise, according to former Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall (D). “Robins, if it’s properly prepared, will do quite well as you look at the different alternatives around the United States for saving money,” Marshall said Thursday, reported WMGT. Key to the base’s preparation is keeping up with the latest technology. “Robins is already the center of excellence for electronic warfare. No reason why it can’t be the center of excellence for a whole lot of other IT, technology-driven needs,” he said. Charles Stenner, president and CEO of 21st Century Partnership, echoed Marshall’s point. “Robins Air Force Base is postured and certainly capable of accepting all of those types of missions,” Stenner said.

Connecticut Commissioner Impressed by Sub Base’s Outreach to STEM Teachers

  • August 7, 2014
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A two-week fellowship program hosted by the Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum is providing an opportunity for six teachers from southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island to learn how the history and technology inherent in the Navy’s submarine force can bring alive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This is the second year of the program, which helps the teachers use exhibits at the museum and the Historic Ship Nautilus, along with submarine operations at the base, to develop new lesson plans …

Air Force Selects Eielson AFB as Prospective Host of Two F-35A Squadrons

  • August 7, 2014
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The Air Force on Thursday selected Eielson Air Force Base as its preferred alternative to host the first F-35A Lightning II squadrons in the Pacific region, bolstering the Fairbanks-area installation’s long-term prospects. In applauding the announcement, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) highlighted the turnaround it represents from the Air Force’s February 2012 proposal to relocate Eielson’s F-16 squadron to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. “Today’s decision shows how far we’ve come since the F-16 fight and demonstrates that Pentagon leadership truly recognizes Eielson’s strategic importance …

Dayton Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Ties to Wright-Patterson

  • August 7, 2014
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The Dayton Development Coalition is forming a regional collaborative to strengthen links between southwestern Ohio and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a broad effort to help the installation weather pending budget cuts. The Dayton Regional Military Collaborative will be aimed at a wide variety of issues, including shared infrastructure, health care, cyber, aerospace and workforce, said Maurice McDonald, the coalition’s executive vice president of defense and aerospace …

Air Force Establishes Provisional Installation Support Center at JB Andrews

  • August 7, 2014
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The Air Force on Friday will stand up a provisional version of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the new organization that will consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities now performed at 10 major commands and two direct reporting unit staffs. The center’s temporary headquarters will be at Joint Base Andrews, Md., with Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter as its provisional commander, officials announced Thursday. Carter has been developing the strategy and implementation plan for the center while serving as the special assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command …

NAS Jacksonville Earns Praise from Visitors

  • August 6, 2014
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The Florida Defense Support Task Force came aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville last month to tour the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and a maritime patrol squadron as part of its duties to promote the state’s military installations. According to consultants interviewed by the Florida Times-Union, the air station is well positioned to survive future base closings and, possibly, grow. “As for the future, I can confidently say that NAS Jacksonville will not close. The base may lose some military billets due to sequestration — which may also reduce base operating funds,” said Charlie Battaglia with the Principi Group. James Hinkle of the Spectrum Group praised the readiness center’s extensive capabilities to work on multiple aircraft, including the F/A-18 and P-3. “And don’t forget the base’s growing support for unmanned aerial vehicles. You can see that people take good care of this base and that it’s ready for more growth,” he said.

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