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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 …

Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

Air Force Officials Developing Plan to Address Deep Spending Cuts

  • November 13, 2013
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Top Air Force officials are putting together a long-term plan for dealing with sequestration dubbed Air Force 2023, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told reporters Wednesday. The sequester plan lays out numerous scenarios in which fiscal decisions are driven by the spending cuts imposed under sequestration, reported the Hill. The second round of cuts is slated to go into effect in mid-January and would slash the fiscal 2014 defense budget by $52 billion …

Hill Staff Learn about LRA Challenges, Potential Legislative Solutions

  • November 13, 2013
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Two new pieces of legislation designed to aid the revitalization of closed military bases would help BRAC communities cope with a long-term decline in federal support for base redevelopment. At a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus, representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) discussed changes to two existing tools for fostering redevelopment — the New Markets Tax Credit and the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program — to benefit closure communities …

Appropriators Fret over Budget Conference’s Lack of Urgency

  • November 13, 2013
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House and Senate appropriators are growing increasingly anxious that the House-Senate budget conference will not come to an agreement over a topline for fiscal 2014 discretionary spending early enough for them to complete work on a year-end spending package. Appropriations Committee Chairs Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) have called on the conference committee to settle on a spending figure by Dec. 2 at the latest. That would allow appropriators sufficient time to hash out a 12-bill omnibus as part of a year-end budget deal …

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