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VA Reform Legislation Would Extend In-State Tuition to All Veterans

  • June 15, 2014
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The bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate last week to address the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision requiring public colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to veterans using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits regardless of where they reside. Public institutions would be required to charge the in-state tuition rate to veterans while they are living in the state if they enroll within three years after separating from military service …

Colorado Springs Ranch Deal Could Benefit Peterson AFB

  • June 15, 2014
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The agreement by a Colorado Springs, Colo., developer to purchase an 18,000-acre ranch on the eastern side of the city could provide the solution to Peterson Air Force Base’s long-unfulfilled need to expand, according to local officials. Commanders of the 1,200-acre base have previously sought to enlarge Peterson onto the ranch property, located on its eastern border, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. With a BRAC round looming, expansion could give Peterson a leg up. “If the base has more space, that becomes a good thing for the community, especially as the military reorganizes and moves things around …

Concord LRA Narrows Master Developer Search to Four Firms

  • June 15, 2014
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The LRA for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station last week selected four firms with significant experience in base redevelopment to compete to convert the San Francisco Bay-area facility into a mix of residential, office and commercial uses. The four firms — Catellus Development Corp., FivePoint Communities/Lennar, J.F. Shea Co. and SunCal — were among eight companies responding to the city’s request for qualifications to become the master developer to implement the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan …

Emboldened Tea Party Republicans Could Slow Progress on Spending Bills

  • June 15, 2014
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With Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the favorite to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as House majority leader following his stunning primary defeat last week, House leadership’s goal of passing all 12 individual spending bills before the new fiscal year begins seemingly will remain on track. McCarthy, an establishment Republican, supported the December budget deal relaxing Budget Control Act spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 and, as result, favors the overall spending levels reflected in next year’s appropriations bills over the option of a continuing resolution …

Authorization Bills Call for Similar Reviews of Army Size, Force Structure

  • June 15, 2014
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Independent commissions that would be created under the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill to assess the proper end strength of the Army and mix between its active and reserve components would be largely similar. Support for creating a commission to study the Army’s future structure gained momentum on Capitol Hill after the service released its plan earlier this year to trim the size of the National Guard below 350,000 soldiers and shift its fleet of 192 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the active component. The commission and its role would bear a strong resemblance to the panel the armed services committees created two years ago to study the balance between the Air Force’s active and reserve components …

First Units Go on Sale at Hunters Point Redevelopment

  • June 13, 2014
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Lennar Urban opened up its sales office last week at the former Hunters Point Shipyard to launch sales of 88 modern townhomes and condominiums ranging in price from the mid $400,000s to $700,000s. The developer plans to finish the first model homes this summer and welcome the first residents in September, reports San Francisco Business Times. The project, named the San Francisco Shipyard, will transform 758 acres of the former Navy facility into a development with more than 12,000 homes when it’s completed. “The homes are going to be a breath of fresh air — a lot of people are getting priced out of San Francisco,” said Sheryl McKibben, vice president of sales and marketing at Lennar Urban. “We can’t build them fast enough …

Tank Plant Support Group Seeks Better Understanding of BRAC 2005 Rankings

  • June 12, 2014
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The local support group for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), formerly the Lima Tank Plant, plans to seek its congressional delegation’s help in clarifying what type of industrial facilities the center should be ranked against in a future base closure round. The JSMC, located in northwest Ohio, is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility responsible for manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing and testing combat vehicles and defense systems. After reviewing how the facility was evaluated in the last BRAC round, Task Force Lima concluded that it shouldn’t have been ranked against arsenals since its role is different …

Consideration of Milcon Spending Bill Pushed Back in Senate

  • June 12, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending measure will not be among the first appropriations bills that go to the Senate floor, the chamber’s Appropriations Committee announced this week. Instead, a “minibus” of three other spending bills — Commerce, Justice and Science; Transportation-HUD; and Agriculture — will go to the Senate floor next week, delaying debate of the milcon bill until later in June or July, reported CQ. The House passed its milcon spending bill, H.R. 4486, on April 30 …

Appropriators Envision Larger Role for Energy Conservation Program

  • June 12, 2014
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DOD’s Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) should shift from an initiative focused on small, rapid-payback projects to one that funds larger energy security and renewable energy projects, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “The committee urges DOD and the services to compete projects that will produce significant ‘game-changing’ improvements to reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption and energy costs, as well as projects to enhance installation energy security,” the report states …

Logistics Agency to ‘Right-Size’ Its Infrastructure

  • June 12, 2014
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By the end fiscal year 2019, the Defense Logistics Agency will have less people, inventory and infrastructure, Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, the agency’s director, told reporters Thursday. The downsizing comes as the military continues to draw down from overseas operations, reports American Forces Press Service. As the agency curtails its inventory, it will require a smaller amount of infrastructure to manage it …

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