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New Contracting Agency to Support Air Force Installations

  • November 17, 2013
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A new field operating agency formally stood up by the Air Force last week will provide contracting services to installations for eight of the service’s major commands. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and will support customers at Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Force Space Command, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Forces in Europe …

Van Hollen Blames Republicans for Lack of Progress on Budget Talks

  • November 17, 2013
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Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) accused Republicans of slowing progress toward a deal in the House-Senate budget conference and said the panel was not close to reaching its interim goal of hashing out a general framework for an agreement. “I worry that the House Republicans are running out the clock, and I think we’re going to begin to highlight the fact that they seem to be sitting on their hands,” Van Hollen, ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said Friday …

McKeon Insists Budget Deal Must Relax Defense Cuts

  • November 17, 2013
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Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday that he would not support a fiscal 2014 budget agreement that does not provide some relief from the $52 billion in defense cuts imposed under sequestration. Ryan is chairing the House-Senate budget conference charged with setting a FY 2014 topline spending level and, possibly, replacing some of the sequester cuts …

Senate Likely to Turn to Authorization Bill Next Week

  • November 14, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday filed a motion to end debate on proceeding to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, setting up a vote that likely would allow the chamber to begin debating the annual policy bill next week. It’s still not clear when the floor debate could begin, so prospects for the Senate to finish work on the legislation before lawmakers take off at the end of next week for Thanksgiving recess is uncertain, reported CQ. Reid has said he would like to finish action on the measure before the holiday …

NW Washington County Seeks Consultant for JLUS at Naval Base Kitsap

  • November 14, 2013
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Kitsap County, Wash., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) of Naval Base Kitsap (Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, and Manchester Fuel Depot), Naval Magazine Indian Island and the surrounding communities. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, ecosystem management/impact analysis, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations …

SPIDERS Pilot Tests Viability of Microgrids to Support Entire Installation

  • November 14, 2013
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A power grid testing effort at Fort Carson aims to demonstrate that alternative energy sources can be pieced together to provide backup power for critical infrastructure at a military installation during a widespread power failure. The pilot program, called the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, or SPIDERS, relies on a combination of locally generated power sources connected via a microgrid to provide backup power to critical parts of the base …

Transfer of Ft. Monroe Land to Park Service Not Expected for Several Years

  • November 14, 2013
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The commonwealth of Virginia does not plan to transfer any property at Fort Monroe until the Army completes the required cleanup and, as a result, the National Park Service won’t gain ownership of the 325 acres designated a national monument until 2016 at the earliest. The Army transferred 313 acres to the state in June, but it still is removing contaminated sediment from the moat surrounding the historic stone fort. The state is holding onto the fort until the Army finishes that effort …

DOD Spending Should Be Dispersed, Frelinghuysen Says

  • November 14, 2013
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New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R), who this week was named the new chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said maintaining regional balance in defense spending is critical. “I think it is important that every state and every region of the country contribute to a strong national defense,” Frelinghuysen told the Hill. “I don’t think that everything has to be concentrated in the South …

House Briefing Intended to Explain Threat Posed by Spending Cuts

  • November 14, 2013
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Twenty-eight House members attended a closed briefing from Pentagon officials on Thursday about the deleterious effects of sequester cuts on national defense. The leadership of the House Armed Services Committee sponsored the briefing, which focused on how sequestration is harming military readiness. The panel wants to use the briefings to convince their colleagues to reverse sequestration, which is slated to cut defense spending by $500 billion through fiscal 2021 …

State Officials Find Additional Radioactive Contamination on Treasure Island

  • November 13, 2013
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Californian health investigators earlier this year discovered radioactive shards near apartment buildings on Treasure Island, raising new concerns about the threat posed by historical activities at the former Navy base located in San Francisco Bay. In an internal memo from earlier this year, state health officials warned there still might be dangerous radioactive waste on the island where children could come into contact with it, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. As of 2011, 575 shards had been unearthed …

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