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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Army Considers New Strategy for Preserving Industrial Base

  • July 8, 2014
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Amid a climate of declining budgets for weapons spending, officials at Army Materiel Command (AMC) are conducting a comprehensive assessment of the service’s industrial base to assure its long-term viability. Last week, AMC Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion and a team of logistics experts visited Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., as part of a year-long initiative to visit the nation’s depots and arsenals to learn about the challenges facing them and craft a new strategy to take advantage of their unique capabilities …

Pentagon Prepared to House Additional Border-Crossing Minors

  • July 8, 2014
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DOD officials are discussing the possibility of housing additional unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put an exact number on it, because that’s still in discussion,” Kirby told reporters. Three installations already are housing unaccompanied children who are part of an influx of thousands of migrants from Central America — Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas; and Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme, Calif. …

Local, Federal Partners Help Ft. Monroe LRA Advance Its Reuse Goals

  • July 7, 2014
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At the end of its first year as the primary property owner at Fort Monroe, the former post’s LRA has recorded a number of achievements at the same time it is tackling multiple challenges. The Fort Monroe Authority has leased about 235,000 square feet of commercial property at the installation located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, providing jobs in the city of Hampton, Va., space for two congregations and the Casemate Museum, and summer entertainment at the Paradise Ocean Club, Chairman John Lawson wrote in a recent commentary in the Daily Press …

Burlington Residents Sue Air Force over New F-35 Guard Unit

  • July 7, 2014
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A local group opposed to a decision to base 18 new F-35 fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt., filed a lawsuit last week against Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to stop the move. The suit — filed in federal court by the Stop the F-35 Coalition — contends the aircraft will generate noise in excess of 65 decibels averaged over a day-night basis …

Court Turns Back Challenge to Environmental Study for Treasure Island Reuse

  • July 7, 2014
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A California Appeals Court on Monday rejected the claim by a local environmental group that the impact study approved by the city of San Francisco for the redevelopment of Treasure Island failed to accurately assess the project’s environmental impacts on traffic, historic resources, safety, tidelands and other issues. The court’s decision to uphold the lower court’s December 2012 ruling keeps the redevelopment planned for the former naval station on track. The $1.5 billion reuse plan calls for up to 8,000 housing units, 19,000 residents, 140,000 square feet of commercial space and 100,000 square feet of office space to be added to the site in the middle of San Francisco Bay …

Joint Base Andrews, PG County Agree on ‘Way Ahead’

  • July 7, 2014
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Officials at Joint Base Andrews and Prince George’s County, Md., have agreed to identify specific functions the two can collaborate on to take advantage of new legislation allowing installations and their host communities to share support services aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing operating costs. Last month the base commander and the county executive signed an agreement establishing a bi-annual process to consider potential partnerships and track the progress of existing ones, reported Air Force public affairs. Under a second agreement, Andrews would use a more efficient waste and recycling system run by the county and increase the current recycling rate from 34 percent to 54 percent …

Window for Senate to Move Spending Bills is Running Out

  • July 7, 2014
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The Senate has four weeks before Congress’ August recess to regain momentum on the fiscal 2015 appropriations process and avoid the need to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Sept. 30. No matter what, lawmakers will need to approve a stopgap funding bill to keep the doors open for most federal agencies at the start of the new fiscal year. But if Senate Republicans and Democrats can reach agreement on a small handful of next year’s appropriations bills, some agencies could get a full-year funding bill prior to Oct. 1 …

New Jersey Budgets $200K to Preserve Military Bases

  • July 6, 2014
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New Jersey’s fiscal 2015 budget includes $200,000 for local efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal ahead of a future BRAC round. With defense cuts a near certainty and base closures and realignments on the horizon, stakeholder groups had requested the funding after state support for the two installations had declined in recent years, reported the Brick Patch. “Thousands of military and civilian jobs depend on this joint operation and we cannot afford the same economic loss as when Fort Monmouth closed in 2011,” said state Assemblyman Dave Wolfe …

Once More unto the Breach: Central Louisiana Leaders Urge Support for Ft. Polk

  • July 6, 2014
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One year after a local outpouring of support for Fort Polk helped to bolster the post’s position amid an effort to trim the Army’s active-duty end strength to 490,000, area leaders again beseeched the public to act to prevent the installation from losing up to 60 percent of its personnel. “Last year, for the first time, we changed the perception of Fort Polk by the Army,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, said at a press conference Wednesday. The Army received about 4,300 responses from area residents last year during the public comment period as it assessed how to restructure its brigade combat teams …

Budget Constraints Should Force DOD to Focus on Primary Foes, CSIS Concludes

  • July 6, 2014
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With the Pentagon’s budget slated to drop 21 percent from 2012 to 2021, the military’s priority should be to modernize its existing forces and to ensure it maintains its technological superiority in preparation for a conflict with Russia or China, according to a new study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Preparing for a “great power conflict” would mean maintaining its nuclear triad of long-range bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Such an approach also would call for an emphasis on special operations forces and heavy ground units, along with a focus on surveillance in air and space …

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