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Army to Shelve Plan to Expand Colorado Maneuver Site

  • November 25, 2013
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The Army on Monday agreed to formally kill its plan to expand the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado, a move designed to provide local residents certainty about their future for the first time since officials announced their intention to consider enlarging the 235,000-acre site 10 years ago. “This enables all of us to move forward,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment …

Armed Services Panels Still Aiming to Clear Authorization Bill This Year

  • November 25, 2013
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Staffs for the House and Senate Armed Services committees will work over the next two weeks toward a compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill to help expedite the process of clearing a conference report. After the Senate failed to make significant progress on the measure last week, the chamber is facing a severe time crunch to pass its version of the annual policy bill, S. 1197, before the end of the year …

Sequester Cuts Hinder Army Energy Initiatives

  • November 24, 2013
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Budget constraints are hampering the Army’s effort to conserve energy and shift toward renewable energy sources, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability, said last week. Officials were forced to cancel $250 million in energy projects in fiscal 2013 as a result of the spending cuts triggered under sequestration, Kidd said …

Army Selects Firm to Develop Solar Plant at Ft. Detrick

  • November 24, 2013
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The Army on Friday selected Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, a move intended to help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs, according to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid …

Defense Bill Could Follow Several Paths to Enactment

  • November 24, 2013
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The House and Senate face a significant time crunch to clear a fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill before the year’s close following the Senate’s failure last week to reach a deal over how to handle amendments, but there are several strategies congressional leaders can adopt to expedite the measure. The simplest way would be for the Senate to strike a deal to expedite debate over the annual policy measure when it returns from its Thanksgiving recess on Dec. 9, either by agreeing to hold a limited number of votes on amendments or by ending debate and proceeding to a final vote …

Budget Negotiators Set Sights on Sequester Relief

  • November 24, 2013
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The lead negotiators for the House-Senate budget conference are continuing to attempt to reach an agreement that would set discretionary spending levels through fiscal 2015 and undo a portion of the sequester cuts over that period. The limited agreement would avoid hot-button issues such as tax increases and entitlement reforms, and instead would rely on user fee increases, federal asset sales and a mix of spending reductions to offset the sequester, reported CQ. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have discussed a number of scenarios, but so far have not struck a deal. The two plan to continue their talks through the Thanksgiving break …

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Would Reintegrate Historic Campus into Neighboring Community

  • November 21, 2013
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More than 2,000 residential units, including single-family detached homes, row houses and apartments are slated to be built on the site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington, D.C., under the plan proposed by the team recently named the site’s master developer. Alongside the residential units, the project will include retail space, offices, a science center, restaurants, a Hyatt hotel and conference center, and 20 acres of open areas. The development team of Hines International, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development plans to call the new 66.7-acre campus the Parks at Walter Reed …

TexAmericas Center Needs Senior Economic Developer

  • November 21, 2013
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TexAmericas Center, New Boston, Texas, is presently seeking a nationally recognized economic development professional to lead its economic development activities, tenant retention, and all marketing and sales functions. The executive vice president and chief economic development officer will report to the executive director/CEO and will have broad authority and the resources necessary to direct the development activity at TexAmericas Center …

Next BRAC Would Be Geared toward Efficiency, Not Transformation, DOD Official Says

  • November 21, 2013
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In a commentary published in Roll Call, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, takes on what is probably the most popular criticism from lawmakers of the Obama administration’s request to hold a new round of base closures — that the last one cost too much. To make his case, Kendall points out that the 2005 round really was made up of two separate kinds of actions, each with distinct goals. The “Transformation BRAC” took advantage of the opportunity afforded by the base closure statute to move forces and functions to locations that made more sense operationally …

State Ponders Plan to Lure Navy Air Wing to Fairchild AFB

  • November 21, 2013
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State officials and lawmakers from Washington are contemplating a proposal to lobby Navy officials to base a fighter wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, which hosts refueling tankers, on the eastern side of the state. The plan was broached in a report prepared for the state and is based on the likelihood that the Navy will homeport an additional aircraft carrier in Puget Sound. The military’s pivot toward the Asia-Pacific is expected to result in the Navy’s shift of one carrier strike group’s homeport from the East to the West Coast …

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