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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Housing Construction at Treasure Island Could Begin in 2016

  • May 29, 2014
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Despite concerns about radiation contamination on parts of Treasure Island, the master developer is proceeding with plans to begin housing construction on the former naval station located in San Francisco Bay. The Navy may transfer the eastern end of the island along with all of adjacent Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco by the end of the year. At that point, the property would be turned over the development team of Lennar and Wilson Meany, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Housing construction could begin on Yerba Buena by the middle of 2016, with 500 units completed by 2018, Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner told the paper. Meanwhile, the Navy is planning to conduct radiological surveys of all occupied housing units on Treasure Island. The western end of the island, where the testing will occur, would be conveyed to the city between 2016 and 2021.

Kansas Rep. Fights for Defense Communities through House Caucus, Support for Ammo Plant Reuse

  • May 29, 2014
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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who helped establish the House Defense Communities Caucus and end a long-running dispute delaying the transfer of Kansas Army Ammunition Plant to the community, has been selected to receive ADC’s Congressional Leadership Award. Jenkins helped launched the Defense Communities Caucus in the House in March 2011 with Rep. Sam Farr (Calif.) to advance issues facing communities with active or closed installations …

Out-of-Pocket Costs Likely to Rise for Military Families

  • May 29, 2014
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The belt-tightening measures proposed by the Pentagon were hardly embraced in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bills crafted by the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee over the past several weeks, but service members and their families likely will face reduced compensation levels after the annual defense policy bill is enacted. The federal subsidy for military commissaries is largely protected, with the Senate ignoring DOD’s request to trim the direct subsidy by $200 million in FY 2015. The House, however, called for reducing the federal contribution by $100 million …

House Spending Bill Rejects Many DOD Cost-Cutting Proposals

  • May 29, 2014
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The $491 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill unveiled Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee ignores many of the Pentagon’s plans for cutting back programs aimed at keeping its budget under next year’s statutory spending cap. The draft measure includes $789 million to refuel the USS George Washington in a reversal of DOD’s budget request, which assumes the carrier would be retired to save money. The bill also includes language barring the Army from shifting the Army National Guard’s fleet of Apache attack helicopters to active-duty forces …

House Passes Amendment to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • May 29, 2014
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Land not yet transferred at former ammunition plants and other military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed by the House last week. The amendment, sponsored by Indiana Rep. Todd Young (R), would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to property not yet transferred at bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

House Bill Would Ease Veterans’ Transition

  • May 28, 2014
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The House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at increasing the number of service members who find jobs after leaving the military. H.R. 2942 would reauthorize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee, which managed licensing and certification for job training programs for veterans separating from the armed forces, reported the Hill. It is designed to help veterans who have the appropriate military training and experience for civilian occupations but lack required licenses or certification for those jobs …

Planning Group Tackles Regional Growth Concerns outside Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • May 28, 2014
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Since 2005, the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) has helped coordinate a variety of planning needs stemming from the growth experienced at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., following the 2005 round of base closures, including transportation, workforce and infrastructure. The regional growth management organization for eight jurisdictions in three states outside Aberdeen Proving Ground has spearheaded multiple initiatives aimed at sustaining the post’s R&D missions and boosting economic development outside its boundaries, relying on partnerships and a commitment to the soldiers and civilian personnel working for the 90-plus tenant organizations located there …

Budget Reality Makes BRAC Urgent, Former DOD Official Says

  • May 28, 2014
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With the Pentagon’s authority to pare down its excess infrastructure limited, perhaps officials could jump start the process by following the formula used in the 1980s when the department was similarly stymied from closing bases, according to an op-ed published in Defense News. To break the logjam, Lawrence Korb, the senior DOD official in charge of installations, and then-Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, agreed in 1985 that DOD would submit a list of bases it wanted to close to the committee …

Amendment to Policy Bill Would Bar DOD from Assessing Climate Change

  • May 28, 2014
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The Pentagon would be prohibited from assessing climate change, under an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that House lawmakers approved last week. The language, sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), passed on a near party-line vote. “This amendment will prohibit the costs of the president’s climate change policies being forced on the Department of Defense by the Obama administration,” McKinley wrote House colleagues …

Republican Gains in Midterm Election May Not Translate into Spending Gains for DOD

  • May 28, 2014
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It’s not clear that a Republican takeover of the Senate, considered a solid prospect in the midterm election, would result in a spending boost for the Pentagon or other policy changes beneficial to the defense industry. With a Democratic president still in the White House for two more years and the House still controlled by the Republicans, gridlock likely would continue on Capitol Hill no matter who controls the Senate, reported Politico …

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