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State Investment to Extend Buffer around Ft. Drum

  • April 17, 2014
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New York will spend $1 million during the 2014-2015 fiscal year to extend a buffer zone around Fort Drum, an investment that will leverage additional federal funds to help preserve at least 2,500 acres outside the North Country installation. The state will work with the Army to establish buffer areas around the post by acquiring easements on farms to prevent development neighboring the installation that could interfere with military training …

Workers Demolish ‘Blue Cube’ at Onizuka AFS

  • April 17, 2014
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Crews working at the former Onizuka Air Force Station this week began demolishing the iconic building that once housed the Air Force’s operations center for reconnaissance satellites and space missions, known as the “Blue Cube,” in the latest phase of the effort to clear the 19-acre site in Sunnyvale, Calif., for redevelopment. Demolition of the Blue Cube should be complete next week but the distinctive Silicon Valley landmark will not totally fade away …

BRAC Criteria Need to Account for Intellectual Resources, House Panel Says

  • April 17, 2014
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The Pentagon should take into account the “intellectual capabilities” of the region surrounding an installation under consideration for realignment or closure, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The committee recommends that DOD add a new factor to the final BRAC selection criteria that takes into account a region’s intellectual capabilities, especially when considering academic and technical institutions …

Senate Hearing to Provide Joint Chiefs Chance to Defend Cuts in Benefits

  • April 17, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Committee is providing the Joint Chiefs of Staff a rare opportunity to make clear the tradeoff between accepting the changes in military pay and compensation the Pentagon has proposed or risking further deterioration in the military’s readiness. The May 6 hearing is slated to include testimony from all seven of the four-star officers that make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff. To mitigate the impact of spending caps initially mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, defense officials have looked for savings in skyrocketing personnel costs. The cutbacks to compensation included in the department’s five-year budget would save $2.1 billion next year and $30 billion through fiscal 2019 …

Bruce Miller to Retire from Port San Antonio

  • April 17, 2014
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Bruce Miller, who has served for the past 12 years as the president and CEO of Port San Antonio, has announced plans to retire at the end of September. Shortly after Kelly Air Force Base formally closed in 2001, Miller joined Port San Antonio and began to transform the 1,900-acre site into a seamless part of San Antonio. Under his watch, Port San Antonio has become one of South Texas’ leading economic engines, with a focus on aerospace, government/military and logistics …

Texas City Launches Economic Development Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • April 17, 2014
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The East Texas city of Tyler, located halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, La., wants to become the nation’s most veteran friendly community. To pursue that goal, the city’s chamber of commerce is launching a veteran and military growth initiative, an effort to attract and support the large number of veterans already residing in Texas …

Air Force to Eliminate 2,700 Civilian Positions in FY’15

  • April 16, 2014
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The Air Force plans to trim its civilian workforce from 186,026 employees to 183,328 through a combination of early retirements, buyouts and attrition. The elimination of 2,698 positions comes as the Air Force searches for ways to cope with spending caps first mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, reports the Federal Times. “Our entire workforce — military, civilian and contractor — must be appropriately sized to support and execute our piece of the National Defense Strategy while concurrently considering fiscal realities …

Lawmakers Want Better Data on Underutilized Property at Installations

  • April 16, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee has asked the Pentagon to prepare a plan for maximizing the use of its facilities in an effort to cut costs, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The panel said it was concerned that DOD is not updating its non-BRAC real property inventory database in a timely fashion, hindering the department’s ability to “maximize the utility of existing real property and to reduce taxpayer expenses …

Brunswick Landing Helps Fuel Growth in Aviation Services in Maine

  • April 16, 2014
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The effort to convert Brunswick Landing into a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already is playing a key role in encouraging growth in Maine’s aviation services industry. The former Brunswick Naval Air Station has provided the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) with valuable assets to market itself — two 8,000-foot runways and 500,000 square feet of hangar space …

NW Florida Officials Focus on Combating Encroachment to Protect NAS Whiting

  • April 15, 2014
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Officials in Northwest Florida believe their long-term effort to protect Naval Air Station Whiting Field from urban encroachment is their best defense against the potential for losing out in a future base closure round. Over the past 14 years, Santa Rosa County has either purchased or acquired easements on 3,500 acres adjacent to the airfield. A majority of the acreage falls within Whiting’s accident prevention zones …

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