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Treasure Island Project Poised to Move ahead following Property Transfer

  • June 4, 2015
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Infrastructure development at Treasure Island could begin by 2016 with the first residential units going up the next year, following the Navy’s transfer last week of 290 acres at its former base in San Francisco Bay to the city of San Francisco. “This is a huge milestone … and a culmination of many years of work,” said Robert Beck, director of the Treasure Island Development Authority. The 290 acres encompass half of Treasure Island as well as adjoining Yerba Buena Island. The remaining 200 acres will be handed over in five subsequent transfers over the next seven years, Beck told the Examiner. The Navy will receive $55 million over the next 10 years for the land …

Hunt Acquires Half of British Infrastructure Firm

  • June 4, 2015
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El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Cos., one of the nation’s leading developers of privatized military housing, acquired a 50 percent ownership in London-based Amber Infrastructure Group in a transaction designed to help Hunt take advantage of North America’s growing infrastructure market. Hunt has worked on public-private partnership projects for decades, as well multifamily housing, military housing, community development, commercial and mixed-use development, land development, real asset investment management and property/asset management. Amber has sourced, developed and financed more than 125 social infrastructure, transportation, renewable energy and urban redevelopment projects across the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and Australia, focusing on P3s …

White House Objects to Language Mandating Personnel Cuts in Senate Bill

  • June 4, 2015
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The Obama administration said it opposes a section in the Senate’s fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that would streamline the Defense Department in an attempt to eliminate unnecessary overhead because it would force the Pentagon to impose “deep, across-the-board cuts.” The Senate measure, S. 1376, calls for reducing funding for headquarters and administrative functions for military services, defense agencies, combatant commands, the office of the secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff by 7.5 percent for four years, totaling 30 percent by the fourth year. The cuts would yield $1.7 billion in savings in FY 2016 and recurring savings of $6.8 billion per year by the fourth year. The savings would be funneled to operations and readiness, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee …

Battle Lines Drawn over Commissary Funding

  • June 4, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 defense spending bill approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee would restore $322 million DOD had proposed to cut from the Defense Commissary Agency’s budget as an initial step to scaling back the federal subsidy for military grocery stores. The cuts would force U.S. commissaries to be operated more like a business, forcing them to reduce customer discounts, as well as trim staff, store hours and the days stores are open. The Senate Armed Services Committee, however, adopted the department’s proposal to slash funding for commissaries in its draft FY 2016 defense authorization bill, raising the chances that the two chambers will need to find a compromise when they hash out next year’s defense budget …

Sponsorship Opportunities at Summit Running Out

  • June 4, 2015
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There are limited sponsorship opportunities remaining for the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit, Washington’s premier event on military installations. The Summit, scheduled for June 22-24, brings together the top leaders from DoD, the military services, industry and local government for three days of events that provide a unique opportunity for exposure to local, state and federal clients. ADC’s intimate size and limited industry participation make it an ideal venue for top firms in the installation world. This year’s Summit will include a record 25 industry sponsors …

Air Force Academy Addresses Neighbors’ Noise Concerns

  • June 4, 2015
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Officials at the Air Force Academy have adjusted the schedule and flight paths for cadet’s flight training to lesson noise experienced over northern Colorado Springs neighborhoods. Cadets now will start morning flights with a corkscrew ascent over the academy’s airfield, allowing the T-53 trainer aircraft to reach a higher altitude before they pass over homes, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. The noise complaints from the academy’s neighbors began after the school shifted its flight patterns in 2013 to avoid commercial aircraft headed for the Colorado Springs and Denver airports. Flights at low altitudes during the rest of the day may continue to pose a problem for residents. “All that remains to be seen,” a homeowner neighboring the academy told the Gazette. Flight training for cadets isn’t designed for pilot candidates, but rather is intended to familiarize all cadets with the skills required to fly for the Air Force.

In Western Pennsylvania, Army Reserve Unit Joins Forces with Free Medical Clinic

  • June 3, 2015
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A partnership between a reserve engineering unit in western Pennsylvania and a local health clinic is quickly gaining attention within the Army Reserve, while providing valuable experience for soldiers. The collaboration began last year when the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic provided flu shots for about 100 members of the 458th Engineering Battalion. The unit asked for the clinic’s assistance to reduce the distance many of its personnel would need to travel to receive a flu shot. In turn, the unit’s medical staff began working at the clinic. Now 24 reservists regularly volunteer there …

White House Highlights Need for BRAC in Veto Threat over Senate Measure

  • June 3, 2015
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The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday cited the lack of language authorizing a new BRAC round as one of the key factors that could prompt President Obama to veto the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. OMB’s “Statement of Administration Policy” echoed the veto threat the agency issued last month in response to the House version of the policy bill. Both statements highlighted the need for a BRAC round and the bills’ reliance on DOD’s war account to boost its budget rather than raising the Budget Control Act spending caps as issues that would need to be resolved before the president would sign the legislation …

Senate to Take up Authorization Bill Today

  • June 2, 2015
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The Senate plans to begin consideration of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill Wednesday during a debate that could take more than a week. On Tuesday, Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member on Senate Armed Services, said Democrats likely would not block consideration of the annual policy bill over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to evade the statutory spending caps. Democrats, along with the White House, are opposed to the maneuver, which would shield the Pentagon’s budget from the spending limits but offer no relief for domestic agencies …

Defense Spending Bill Advances in House

  • June 2, 2015
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The House Appropriations Committee approved a $579 billion defense spending bill on Tuesday after rejecting a Democratic attempt to overturn the measure’s use of DOD’s war account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps. An amendment offered by Rep. Peter Visclosky would have moved $38 billion placed in DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to its base budget. The GOP added those funds to the president’s fiscal 2016 budget request for the war account, boosting it to $88 billion. “The overseas contingency fund has exploded beyond any reasonable measure of what a contingency fund should be,” said Rep. Barbara Lee …

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