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Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites

  • January 2, 2014
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Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

Editor’s Note: Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2013
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and happy holiday, and an even happier new year!

Pueblo Chemical Depot Gets Green Light to Launch Reuse Process

  • December 22, 2013
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The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot can formally begin the process of converting the facility into an industrial park under the BRAC statute, after the Army last week declared about two-thirds of the installation surplus. The Dec. 20 Federal Register notice means that other federal agencies, including other DOD components, had no interest in acquiring portions of about 16,000 acres on the 23,000-acre site …

Maryland County Consolidates Veterans Services on College Campuses

  • December 22, 2013
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A new initiative in Montgomery County, Md., aims to make its public colleges the area’s central access point for veteran services, including mental-health counseling, benefits assistance and academic guidance. The elected leader of the county, a suburb of Washington, D.C., believed local college campuses would be a logical place to address gaps in veterans services because many veterans take advantage of the higher education benefits covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill …

Decision to Place Army Cyber Command at Ft. Gordon is Augusta’s Gain

  • December 22, 2013
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Last week’s announcement that the Army will consolidate its Cyber Command at Fort Gordon is expected to be a huge boon for Augusta, with the new headquarters bringing an estimated 1,500 military, civilian and contractor personnel to East Georgia. “It’s obviously huge for Augusta; to say we’re thrilled is an understatement,” said Walter Sprouse Jr., executive director of the city’s economic development authority …

Policy Bill Bolsters Requirements for Installation Master Plans

  • December 22, 2013
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Master plans for major installations will need to be more comprehensive as the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill adds several new requirements commanders must address. The most significant element may be the requirement for the plans to consider “capacity planning through the establishment of growth boundaries around cantonment areas to focus development towards the core and preserve range and training space,” according to section 2811 of the compromise version of the legislation approved by the Senate last week …

Budget Deal Will Help Restore Decline in Readiness, Top Officials Say

  • December 22, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both applauded on Thursday the bipartisan budget deal for allowing defense spending a reprieve from sequestration’s deepest cuts over the next two years, while warning that difficult budget decisions still remain. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news briefing of the deal which has passed both the House and Senate …

Army Command, Virginia Commonwealth U. Create Joint Degree Program

  • December 19, 2013
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The Army Logistics University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are partnering to create a new graduate degree program in supply chain management beginning in fall 2014. The 12-month joint program will be part of the VCU School of Business and will teach students how to manage the complexities of global supply chains by using applied research programs, analyzing real-world problems, and working with local firms and government agencies …

Smart Metering Helps Navy Residents Trim Energy Use

  • December 19, 2013
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A new energy management program is helping families at 11 installations in the Navy’s Southeast region cut their energy bills by an average of 15 percent. The program, implemented by the Navy’s housing partner Balfour Beatty Communities, was first launched in October when residents received mock bills and energy saving tips, reported the Navy News Service. “It was a good opportunity for residents to monitor and change any behavior that could help to reduce their consumption before actual billing started …

OEA Awards Grants to Texas, Wisconsin Communities to Address Downsizing

  • December 19, 2013
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The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding community economic adjustment grants totaling $1.3 million to local officials in East Central Wisconsin and Northeast Texas following the loss of more than 1,000 positions at each location, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will receive $837,315 to support the region’s response to the loss of 1,200 positions at Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense Division …

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