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North Carolina Commission Requests Information for Study of State’s Bases

  • January 7, 2014
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The North Carolina Military Affairs Commission is interested in learning about consulting companies who may be able to assist the commission with determining the status of its military installations in regard to withstanding additional budget cuts; to be better prepared for another round of base realignment and closure; and to determine what additional actions may be needed to protect and expand military missions in the state. This request for information is intended to collect information and recommendations regarding this requirement …

UAS Industry Will Continue to Flourish in Dayton, Officials Say

  • January 6, 2014
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The Dayton, Ohio, region will continue to benefit from the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision last week not to designate the city one of six test sites for studying how to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace, according to local economic development officials. The FAA’s decision came as a surprise to leaders who had argued that the combined Ohio-Indiana application and the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) would have made an ideal place to host a test site …

Phoenix, Salt Lake City End Veteran Homelessness

  • January 6, 2014
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Salt Lake City has become the second city to eradicate homelessness among military veterans, just two-and-a-half weeks after Phoenix announced it had reached the same goal. The two cities have engaged in a friendly competition triggered by the Obama administration’s campaign to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015 …

Policy Bill Calls for Plan to Reorganize Pentagon Headquarters

  • January 6, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to craft a plan for reducing the number of personnel at top headquarters offices under the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill recently signed into law. Last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a series of austerity measures to streamline the department’s overhead, but the bill language goes further. Hagel must put together a plan for streamlining DOD headquarters “by changing or reducing the size of staffs, eliminating tiers of management, cutting functions that provide little or no added value, and consolidating overlapping and duplicative programs and offices …

Appropriators Scramble to Meet Fast-Approaching Deadline for FY’14 Budget

  • January 6, 2014
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House and Senate appropriators are trying to hash out differences over many of the 12 spending bills intended to be included in a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending package, but discrepancies over policy or funding in eight of the measures could force lawmakers to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown after Jan. 15. Appropriators have agreed on spending amounts and language in four of the bills, including military construction-veterans affairs, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday. Those four will definitely be included in the $1.012 trillion spending package …

Opposition over Jet Noise from NAS Whidbey Island Prompts Lawsuit

  • January 5, 2014
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A years-long dispute between residents living near an outlying landing field (OLF) used to train pilots based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington and the Navy is no closer to resolution as installation officials end a temporary moratorium on practicing takeoffs and landings at the airfield. Local opposition to training flights by Navy Growlers, used to suppress enemy radar, flying from their home base 10 miles south to OLF Coupeville has grown since the aircraft first arrived in 2008 …

TexAmericas Center Seeks Qualified Insurance Brokerages Services

  • January 5, 2014
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TexAmericas Center (TAC), the local redevelopment authority for the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant (LSAAP) near Hooks, Texas seeks qualified firms to provide insurance brokerage services related to the placement of environmental insurance (such as a Pollution Legal Liability or PLL policy) required to support the privatized environmental cleanup of certain areas at the former LSAAP being undertaken by TAC…

Horsham LRA Hopes to Move Fast to Develop Housing at Former Willow Air Base

  • January 5, 2014
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Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) continues to push ahead with its economic development application after the Navy released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, just north of Philadelphia. According to the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was released on December 23, the Navy may have to remediate pollution at former landfills, rifle ranges and fire training sites before HLRA can move forward with the construction of planned office parks, a town center and a golf course…

Defense Spending Remains Steady Part of Alaska’s Economy

  • January 5, 2014
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Spending at Alaska’s military installations has played a significant role in the state’s economy over the past decade, according to a new report from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. After falling to 17,696 in 2002, the number of active-duty service members has remained over 20,000 since 2004 and stood at 22,438 in 2012. DOD’s civilian workforce in Alaska also is substantial, accounting for 7,255 positions and $452 million in payroll in 2012 …

Congress Heads Back to DC Facing Tight Deadlines on Spending, Debt Limit

  • January 5, 2014
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In an effort to expedite the appropriations process early in the second session of the 113th Congress, top lawmakers plan to introduce an omnibus spending bill after having ironed out differences in the 12 individual spending bills over the holiday break, CQ reported. “I think they want to do a blitzkrieg, file and move it rapidly and give people as little time as possible to cause problems,” one Republican lawmaker told CQ…

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