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Residents Offer Ideas for Town Center at Alameda Point

  • October 21, 2013
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A ferry terminal, a public plaza and areas for boaters and kayakers are all proposed to be built in a new “town center” on the grounds of the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The Alameda Planning Board received public comments on the plan Oct. 14…

After Young’s Death, Frelinghuysen Is Frontrunner for Defense Gavel

  • October 21, 2013
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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) is seen as the most likely candidate to chair the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, CQ reported. The position is vacant after the Oct. 18 passing of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), who had served as the subcommittee’s top Republican since 2005…

Army to Speed Up Drawdown, Report Says

  • October 21, 2013
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The Army will have to accelerate its plans to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet new fiscal demands, the Army Times reported. The major restructuring, originally a four-year plan, will now take place over the next two years, according to the article…

McHugh: Army Needs ‘Some Predictability’ for Budget Planning

  • October 21, 2013
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Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday that sequestration and the lack of a federal budget will continue to gut the service’s budget and all its acquisitions. “We have robbed Peter to pay Paul. Then Paul got furloughed,” McHugh told the annual…

Shutdown Costs Fort Ord LRA

  • October 20, 2013
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The local redevelopment authority for the former Fort Ord, Calif., estimates it lost up to $100,000 during the government shutdown due to delays in multiple projects that rely on oversight by federal agencies. “If it’s not $100,000, it’s at least tens of thousands of dollars in consultant time,” said Michael Houlemard, executive officer of FORA. “It’s not the big dollars you hear about, but it is probably $100,000 in impact costs in all of our projects and in the delays …

Grand Forks AFB to Sign EUL with County for UAS Technology Park

  • October 20, 2013
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The Air Force will sign an enhanced use lease (EUL) with Grand Forks County for the development of a business and technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base designed to advance the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced last week. The county is partnering with the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee and the Center for Innovation Foundation. Officials plan to sign the lease for the Grand Sky development, which will cover 217 acres, in December …

Public Outreach Events Reinstated, But at Reduced Levels

  • October 20, 2013
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The services will resume community and public outreach activities in the current fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced operating level, according to a memo issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Many community and public outreach activities — such as air shows, band appearances, port visits and service weeks — were cancelled entirely earlier this year to mitigate the impact of sequestration. The cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal 2014 …

Massachusetts Officials Seek Innovative Partnerships with State’s Installations

  • October 20, 2013
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Local and state officials from Massachusetts kicked off an initiative Thursday intended to identify ways the state’s six military installations could collaborate with their host communities. The aim of the community support initiative, led by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, is to help the bases become more efficient and to form stronger ties to their neighbors as the Pentagon faces declining budgets, reports MetroWest Daily News. If DOD carries out a new BRAC round, the department will look favorably at innovative installations, said former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray …

Reid Rejects Surrendering Entitlement Spending to Preserve Defense Programs

  • October 20, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) poured cold water on the much-talked-about formula of reversing one or more years’ worth of defense cuts in exchange for reductions in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. In the immediate aftermath of last week’s agreement to reopen the government and extend the nation’s debt ceiling, Reid insisted that any deficit reduction deal include a mix of entitlement reforms along with increased tax revenue …

Local Hiring Goals Prove Challenging to Meet at Hunters Point Redevelopment

  • October 17, 2013
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The lead contractor working on the redevelopment of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has encountered difficulties meeting its goals to hire local subcontractors and workers, but said that it still is early in the $8 billion project and that its efforts are starting to pay off. As part of its redevelopment deal with the city of San Francisco, master developer Lennar Urban agreed to a goal of awarding 50 percent of supplier, construction and professional service contracts to “economically disadvantaged” businesses …

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