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CR Likely to Extend into December

  • August 11, 2014
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A continuing resolution (CR) needed to keep the federal open starting Oct. 1 likely would provide funding until the middle of December. Extending a stopgap spending bill through the second week of December would allow lawmakers to put off any difficult votes until after the midterm elections while giving House and Senate appropriators time to reach a deal on a fiscal 2015 omnibus, reports CQ. “This could be a lot like last year, it looks like,” House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said last month ,,,

State Approves Measure to Overhaul Redevelopment of NAS South Weymouth

  • August 11, 2014
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Eleven days after the Massachusetts Legislature closed its formal session without approving legislation intended to jump start the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, a vote Monday by the state senate during its informal session cleared the measure to go to Gov. Deval Patrick (D). The House passed the bill last week during its informal session, during which any lawmaker can block legislation. “A lot of time, effort, and resources were dedicated to getting this legislation enacted today,” said state Sen. Robert Hedlund (R) of Weymouth …

Groundbreaking Marks Effort to Ready Altus AFB for KC-46A Training Mission

  • August 10, 2014
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Officials last week broke ground on the first of multiple construction projects at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., needed to prepare for the arrival of the service’s next generation refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus. The new construction is estimated at $56 million and will include a flight training center, a fuselage training facility, new aircraft hangars and renovations for a combined squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit facility, reported 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs. In April the Air Force announced that Altus, located in southwestern Oklahoma, would be the formal training unit for the new tanker …

Army, DOE Partner to Shave Energy Costs at Industrial Facilities

  • August 10, 2014
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A partnership between DOD and the Department of Energy launched four years ago to advance the federal government’s push to conserve energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels has found millions of dollars in energy savings at many of the Army’s industrial facilities. Recommendations generated by energy assessment teams organized by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office have helped identify $8 million in energy cost reductions, reported the Army’s installations, energy and environment office. The teams, made up of engineering professors and students from 24 universities across the country, recently completed energy assessments at three installations operated by Army Materiel Command …

Energy Forum to Address Uncertainty Created by Looming Expiration of Tax Credits

  • August 10, 2014
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Investment tax credits for renewable energy projects have played a significant role in the industry’s growth over the past decade while helping lower the price for the end consumer. But with the deadlines to take advantage of the tax credits for solar and other renewables fast approaching, the economic assumptions behind most projects soon may change, raising questions as to whether the Pentagon’s appetite for renewables can be sustained. Next month, ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships are co-hosting a one-day event in Washington that will take a close look at how the possible expiration of the energy tax credits will affect the future of third-party financing for renewable projects on military installations …

Prospects Remain Uncertain for Senate to Debate Authorization Bill Next Month

  • August 10, 2014
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has included the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill on his to-do list for September, but the chamber’s busy schedule next month may force it to postpone debate on the legislation. Given the limited floor time available, the number of amendments filed on the annual defense policy bill could dictate when the Senate takes it up. So far 141 amendments have been filed, but the number almost certainly will rise before the bill goes to the floor, reported CQ …

Ft. McPherson LRA Approves Sale to Filmmaker Tyler Perry

  • August 10, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson on Friday approved a memorandum of understanding with filmmaker Tyler Perry for the purchase of 330 acres, about two-thirds of the former post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, for a movie and television production complex. Under the agreement, Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise, would purchase the property for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages. “I am confident that this kind of development will bring hundreds of permanent jobs into the area, and attract robust additional investment into the Southside of our city,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed …

Robins AFB Poised for Long-Term Sustainment, Officials Say

  • August 7, 2014
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Supporters of Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia should prepare for another BRAC round, but as long as the facility remains productive, it likely would be spared during a new base closure exercise, according to former Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall (D). “Robins, if it’s properly prepared, will do quite well as you look at the different alternatives around the United States for saving money,” Marshall said Thursday, reported WMGT. Key to the base’s preparation is keeping up with the latest technology. “Robins is already the center of excellence for electronic warfare. No reason why it can’t be the center of excellence for a whole lot of other IT, technology-driven needs,” he said. Charles Stenner, president and CEO of 21st Century Partnership, echoed Marshall’s point. “Robins Air Force Base is postured and certainly capable of accepting all of those types of missions,” Stenner said.

Connecticut Commissioner Impressed by Sub Base’s Outreach to STEM Teachers

  • August 7, 2014
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A two-week fellowship program hosted by the Naval Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum is providing an opportunity for six teachers from southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island to learn how the history and technology inherent in the Navy’s submarine force can bring alive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This is the second year of the program, which helps the teachers use exhibits at the museum and the Historic Ship Nautilus, along with submarine operations at the base, to develop new lesson plans …

Air Force Selects Eielson AFB as Prospective Host of Two F-35A Squadrons

  • August 7, 2014
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The Air Force on Thursday selected Eielson Air Force Base as its preferred alternative to host the first F-35A Lightning II squadrons in the Pacific region, bolstering the Fairbanks-area installation’s long-term prospects. In applauding the announcement, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) highlighted the turnaround it represents from the Air Force’s February 2012 proposal to relocate Eielson’s F-16 squadron to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. “Today’s decision shows how far we’ve come since the F-16 fight and demonstrates that Pentagon leadership truly recognizes Eielson’s strategic importance …

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