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Maryland Bill Would Aid Defense Communities on Highway Projects

  • March 12, 2015
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A bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly would require the State Highway Administration to cover the cost of highway projects aimed at improving access to a federal facility. Del. Mary Ann Lisanti introduced the measure, House Bill 920, after the city of Aberdeen learned it was responsible for moving utility lines associated with a state project to add lanes to Route 22, which provides access to Aberdeen Proving Ground. The city also would have needed to do utility work on another road providing access to the proving ground …

Monterey Extends Deadline to Respond to RFP for SWOT Analysis

  • March 12, 2015
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The city of Monterey, Calif., is requesting proposals from qualified firms to conduct a comprehensive strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis for Monterey County installations and associated facilities and missions. The installations included in the analysis are: Presidio of Monterey (home to the Defense Language Institute); Naval Support Activity Monterey (home to the Naval Postgraduate School); Fort Hunter Liggett; Camp Roberts; and Ord Military Community. The city has extended the deadline for submitting proposals until March 27 at 5:00 p.m. The RFP is available on the city website.

Closer Coordination with Community Would Benefit Virginia Base, JLUS Says

  • March 12, 2015
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Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and King George County, Va., should take steps to reach out to the other as a way to avoid potential conflicts that could interfere with the installation’s weapons research and development mission, according to the recommendations of a two-year-long joint land use study. The county, for example, should integrate the facility into the review process for proposed developments planned around impact areas. In the past, projects in areas experiencing increased noise levels from Navy operations have been approved without base officials being aware of the plans …

Senate Panel Fails to Embrace Pentagon’s BRAC Request

  • March 12, 2015
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Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, reiterated her staunch opposition to a new BRAC round at her panel’s hearing Wednesday, a sentiment that was generally shared by the handful of members in attendance. “Even after acknowledging the shortcomings of the 2005 round, the department continues to request the same legislative framework,” Ayotte said at the outset of the hearing. “I remain opposed to BRAC and do not want to give the department the open-ended authority to pursue another BRAC round …

No Avoiding BRAC under Budget Constraints, Graham Says

  • March 11, 2015
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A new round of base closures will be needed if lawmakers keep the statutory caps on defense spending in place,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said at a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, as much as we all love our bases, we’re going to have to address this problem,” Graham said, reported CQ. “And if we want to insist upon sequestration,” he said, “then we’d better be willing to go back home and tell people, ‘You can’t get there from here and every base that’s open today is not going to survive …

Senate Budget Resolution Will Retain Budget Caps

  • March 11, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 budget resolution the Senate Budget Committee is crafting will retain the statutory caps on defense and non-defense spending but include a reserve fund allowing the discretionary spending limits to be raised later in the year. To take advantage of the higher spending afforded by the reserve fund, Congress and the White House would need to strike a deficit reduction agreement ensuring the extra spending is offset either by other spending cuts or revenue increases. The committee also is considering ways to provide much-needed relief to the Pentagon budget, including a plan from Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) to raise defense spending in FY 2016 and 2017 …

Army Listening Session Underscores Ft. Gordon’s Growth Plans

  • March 11, 2015
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In contrast to the two dozen listening sessions held in other communities over the past several months, speakers at Tuesday’s meeting about Fort Gordon focused on the post’s opportunities for growth following the move of Army Cyber Command to the Augusta, Ga., installation. “I think what the community should be confident in is the type of forces we have at Fort Gordon right now. Those are ones that are in high demand,” Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, the post’s commander, said after the meeting. “If you think about high-demand, low-density forces — intel, signal, cyber — that’s really what we have here at Fort Gordon. What I’m confident in is that demand is going to continue into the future …

EDA Grant to Support Demolition Project at Brooks City Base

  • March 11, 2015
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The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded Brooks City Base a $1.2 million grant to demolish 23 former military buildings that will create space for future development on San Antonio’s Southeast Side. The project’s total cost is about $2.4 million. The targeted buildings were deemed unsuitable for reuse and are either vacant or lacking in modern efficiencies. Redevelopment of the property could lead to the creation of 1,500 jobs, according to a press release. “Brooks City Base has transformed into a thriving mixed-use community but, as a former military base, there are still several small, old or otherwise unusable buildings that we need to remove before we can fully maximize our potential,” said Brooks City Base President & CEO Leo Gomez …

Reserve Fund Plan May Draw Necessary Support for Budget Resolution

  • March 11, 2015
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Republican lawmakers have come up with a maneuver that may satisfy both defense and fiscal hawks as the House and Senate Budget committees craft a fiscal 2016 budget resolution, but it wouldn’t solve the underlying dispute over whether Congress will raise the $523 billion national security spending cap. Under the idea that has been discussed, the Budget committees would establish a reserve fund, which would allow the discretionary spending limits in the budget resolution to be raised later in the year as long as the new spending is offset by either other spending cuts or revenue increases, reported CQ. The resolution still would set FY 2016 spending at the Budget Control Act limits …

Graham Pushes for Solution to Sequestration

  • March 11, 2015
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A small group of senators, led by Lindsey Graham, is hard at work looking for a way out of the mandatory caps on defense and non-defense spending. “What we need to do is buy back sequestration. What we’re trying to do is put together a mini Simpson-Bowles deal,” Graham said in reference to the deficit reduction package offered by former Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles. As with that plan, Graham said he would be willing to consider a combination of tax hikes and entitlement cuts, reported the Hill. The prospective candidate to run for president in 2016 said he would offer to close tax loopholes in exchange for reforms to entitlement programs …

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