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Defense Industry Adjustment Program Would Be Eliminated under Senate Policy Bill

  • May 28, 2015
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DOD’s program for supporting communities coping with the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in defense spending would be eliminated under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 14. The committee calls for stripping out $33.1 million from the Pentagon’s $110.6 million FY 2016 budget request for the Office of Economic Adjustment that would fund the agency’s defense industry adjustment program. The committee also recommended stripping out $20.0 million from the request for civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements needed on Guam to accommodate an influx of Marines …

Services Should Make Water Conservation a Priority, Milcon Panel Says

  • May 28, 2015
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Prolonged droughts in California and other states should serve as “a wake-up call” to DOD to redouble its efforts to manage and conserve water at its installations, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The panel said it was concerned by the prospect of increasingly severe drought-related water shortages, particularly in the West and Southwest. In its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill, the committee urged the department to take several steps to preserve scarce water resources …

Does the Comfort of On-base Housing Contribute to the Civil-Military Divide?

  • May 28, 2015
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Large military bases have all the amenities of a small town — schools, health clinics, recreational facilities, and plenty of shopping choices. While the vast upgrades in family housing compared to previous generations have helped to make life more comfortable for military families living on base, some experts worry that the growing self-sufficiency at mega-bases adds to the sense of a divided society …

Pennsylvania County Forms Group to Advocate for Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • May 28, 2015
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Lebanon County commissioners have formed a local defense group to shield Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center in southeastern Pennsylvania, from possible cuts in a future BRAC round. The commissioners earlier received a $25,000 grant from the state to organize a local group to promote the installation, which employs 2,000 personnel. The commissioners will lead the local defense group with the support of a committee made up of staff members from Fort Indiantown Gap, county planners, local elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders. The group’s first assignment will be to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the post …

Arkansas Legislature Endorses Incentive Package for Lockheed Martin

  • May 28, 2015
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Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved an $87 million bond issue to allow Lockheed Martin to build joint light tactical vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps at its facility in Camden. The Maryland-based defense contractor would only receive the incentive package if it wins a DOD contract, which is expected to be awarded this summer. The company is competing against Indiana-based AM General and Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. The joint light tactical vehicle would replace the Humvee made by AM General. With the incentive package, Lockheed has said it would create 589 jobs and retain 556 at its plant in southern Arkansas …

Colorado Should Focus on Encroachment, Local Infrastructure to Fend off BRAC, Report Says

  • May 27, 2015
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While Colorado has numerous assets that can be expected to work in its favor in the event of a new BRAC round, state officials need to act with urgency to promote the state’s value to DOD, according to a report released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday. “The specter of sequestration beginning in FY16 is a shadow hanging over most internal DOD planning and programming deliberations,” the 82-page report says. “Colorado should be proactively monitoring the Washington political climate on DOD budget reductions, force structure realignments and strategy changes.” One focus of the report is the need to protect the state’s installations and training ranges from encroachment, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. One thorny issue state officials need to address is the 238,000-acre Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training site for Fort Carson that the Army has tried in the past to expand over the opposition of local ranchers …

Neither Side Prepared to Make First Move on Spending Cap Deal

  • May 27, 2015
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It’s looking more and more that any negotiations between GOP congressional leaders and the White House over lifting the Budget Control Act spending caps will not start until the new fiscal year approaches. On Wednesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said the White House has no plans to reach out to Republican leaders as its opening offer was its fiscal 2016 budget request delivered in February. “We’ve actually put our cards on the table, if you will, to say ‘Here’s what we want. Here’s how we would pay for it,’ and the next step really needs to be Republicans coming to the table to say, ‘Here’s our proposal on that …

Arkansas Army National Guard Calls for Closure of Eight Armories

  • May 27, 2015
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The adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard is scheduled to recommend the closure of eight Army readiness centers when he meets with Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday. Shutting down the eight armories, located primarily in the northeastern part of the state, would leave Arkansas with 54 readiness centers. The plan would save the Arkansas National Guard about $306,000 annually in operating costs for utilities and routine maintenance …

Planned EUL Expected to Move ahead at Pax River

  • May 27, 2015
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Plans for a developer to construct four office buildings inside the fence line at Naval Air Station Patuxent River under DOD’s enhanced use leasing (EUL) program continue to move forward despite resistance from the business community in southern Maryland. Hines is poised to reach a deal with the Navy to build four, 150,000-square-foot office buildings, an initiative Maryland officials and local advocates for the base favor as a way to enhance the mission at Pax River as a possible round of base closure looms, reported BayNet.com. The Navy needs the project, which has the potential to encompass seven sites and 2 million square feet of space, to accommodate 3,000 Naval Air Systems Command workers now housed in trailers on base …

Demolition of Massive Complex at Chanute AFB Set to Begin

  • May 27, 2015
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Twenty-two years after Chanute Air Force Base in east central Illinois was shuttered, work to ready the 400,000-square-foot White Hall office building for demolition is scheduled to begin within days. The massive building — DOD’s largest until the Pentagon was completed — was left to decay over the past two decades due to the prohibitive cost required to rehabilitate it. The contractor will employ a variety of safety measures to limit potential hazards to its workers and the surrounding community. Prior to demolition, Greenville, S.C.-based CB&I Federal Services will remove all asbestos and lead-based paint, as well as fixtures that can be taken to a landfill …

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