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ADC Extends Deadline for 2015 Defense Community Awards Nominations

  • March 30, 2015
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Nominations for ADC’s 2015 Defense Community Awards now will be accepted until Friday, April 10. The awards honor a community, installation, public official or military leader demonstrating leadership, innovation and excellence. Awards will be presented at the third annual Defense Communities Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill during the Defense Communities National Summit, June 22-24. Awards will be made in the following categories: congressional leadership; military leadership; community or state leadership; base redevelopment project of the year; defense community or state of the year; and DOD installation of the year. Award criteria and other information are available on the ADC website. There is no entry fee.

SunCal Revives Redevelopment at former Oak Knoll Hospital

  • March 30, 2015
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Seven years after plans to redevelop the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland foundered, Irvine, Calif.-based SunCal has filed plans for a mixed-use development on the 187-acre site. SunCal acquired the hospital campus in partnership with Lehman Brothers for $100.5 million from the federal government in 2005, reported the San Francisco Business Times. Progress stalled, however, after Lehman filed for bankruptcy in 2008. SunCal paid $76 million to purchase the property from Lehman last year …

Installations Could House Commercial Cloud Centers, Pentagon CIO Says

  • March 30, 2015
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The Defense Department is assessing a proposal to house commercial data distribution centers on military installations as way to speed the military’s reliance on commercial cloud services. The facilities would serve both DOD and non-DOD customers, providing high-level security for data and applications belonging to both military and non-governmental entities, such as financial institutions, reported Federal Times. The plan, broached by Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen earlier this month, would provide new revenue opportunities for commercial cloud providers and result in lower prices for DOD …

Senate’s Budget Matches House in Defense Dollars but Adds Procedural Hurdle

  • March 29, 2015
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Senate Republicans passed a fiscal 2016 budget resolution early Friday morning that matched the House’s approach to granting a reprieve to DOD from the statutory spending caps by adding $38 billion to the department’s war funding account. The budget blueprint adopted by a 52-46 vote in the Senate retains the $523 billion Budget Control Act cap on national security spending, while providing a total of $96 billion in the overseas contingency operations account — $58 billion from the Obama administration’s request and $38 billion in added funds to match the plan passed by the House earlier in the week. The resolution, however, retains a point of order on spending from the OCO that exceeds $58 billion …

Fiscal Constraints Will Be Felt throughout Air Force, Secretary Says

  • March 29, 2015
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A return to the statutory spending caps in fiscal 2016 would require the Air Force to find $10 billion in savings from the service’s original spending plans, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said last week. “Ten billion is a big chunk of money and it would mean every part of our Air Force would be touched in some way,” James told the Dayton Daily News on the same day she toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “It’s impossible to predict what that means for Wright-Patterson,” she said, but it could affect research programs at the Dayton-area installation and rekindle the possibility that civilian employees are furloughed …

Army Plans Involuntary Separation for Thousands of Combat Veterans

  • March 29, 2015
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The Army will be forced to eliminate about 14,000 soldiers as a direct result of the Budget Control Act spending caps which are prompting the service to shrink its active-duty force to 450,000 personnel, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last week. “[Sequestration] will increase significantly the involuntary separation of officer and non-commissioned [NCO] leaders who have steadfastly served their country through the last 13 years of war,” Allyn said. Complying with the spending caps will require the involuntary separation of about 2,000 soldiers annually, including officers and NCOs …

SunPower Breaks Ground on 15MW Solar Plant at Nellis AFB

  • March 29, 2015
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Officials from the Air Force, SunPower Corp. and NV Energy held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at Nellis AFB, Nev., for a 15-megawatt solar project that will be built over a closed landfill on the base’s south side. The $50 million project represents SunPower’s second photovoltaic effort at Nellis. The company built a 13.2-megawatt plant in 2007. Combined, the two plants will power base facilities exclusively on solar energy during daylight hours, reported the Law Vegas Review-Journal. “When this solar array is online, combined with our first solar array, Nellis will be host to the largest solar photonics system in the Department of Defense,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, commander of the 99th Air Base Wing …

OEA Grant to Fund Study of Georgia’s Aerospace, Defense Sectors

  • March 29, 2015
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The Georgia Department of Economic Development is launching a study of the state’s aerospace and defense industries and how they might cope with potential spending cuts. The study, funded by a $700,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, was announced earlier this month. “The results of the study will be critical in developing and expanding new market opportunities for Georgia businesses and our workforce,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said in a release. “Our expectation is that this economic model tool will provide an accurate diagram of the supply chain for Georgia’s aerospace, defense and manufacturing sectors …

Carter Blasts House Budget Resolution

  • March 26, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday rejected the fiscal 2016 budget resolution approved by the House that would allow the Pentagon to exceed its statutory spending cap by adding billions of dollars into its war funding account. “Current proposals to shoehorn [DOD’s] base budget funds into our contingency accounts would fail to solve the problem, while also undermining basic principles of accountability and responsible, long-term planning,” Carter told a meeting of the Chiefs of Mission at State Department headquarters. The budget blueprint adopted by House Republicans on Wednesday would add $38 billion to DOD’s $58 billion request for the department’s overseas contingency operations account …

McCain Chides James for Claiming Savings from New Installation Support Agency

  • March 26, 2015
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Air Force moves that Secretary Deborah Lee James recently claimed met a Pentagon goal of reducing its headquarters staff by 20 percent did not produce any actual savings because the personnel were shifted elsewhere, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told James in a letter this week. “The conduct of the Air Force in response to this guidance seems to have produced no actual staff reductions and yielded no actual savings,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee …

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