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Horsham LRA Hopes to Move Fast to Develop Housing at Former Willow Air Base

  • January 5, 2014
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Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) continues to push ahead with its economic development application after the Navy released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, just north of Philadelphia. According to the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was released on December 23, the Navy may have to remediate pollution at former landfills, rifle ranges and fire training sites before HLRA can move forward with the construction of planned office parks, a town center and a golf course…

Defense Spending Remains Steady Part of Alaska’s Economy

  • January 5, 2014
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Spending at Alaska’s military installations has played a significant role in the state’s economy over the past decade, according to a new report from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development. After falling to 17,696 in 2002, the number of active-duty service members has remained over 20,000 since 2004 and stood at 22,438 in 2012. DOD’s civilian workforce in Alaska also is substantial, accounting for 7,255 positions and $452 million in payroll in 2012 …

Congress Heads Back to DC Facing Tight Deadlines on Spending, Debt Limit

  • January 5, 2014
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In an effort to expedite the appropriations process early in the second session of the 113th Congress, top lawmakers plan to introduce an omnibus spending bill after having ironed out differences in the 12 individual spending bills over the holiday break, CQ reported. “I think they want to do a blitzkrieg, file and move it rapidly and give people as little time as possible to cause problems,” one Republican lawmaker told CQ…

Governor Advances Replacement Facility for Okinawan Air Base

  • January 2, 2014
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The governor of Okinawa last week approved the start of construction for the replacement for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a move that no longer is directly linked to the realignment of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam but one that remains vital to rebalancing the footprint of U.S. Armed Forces in Japan. “This decision comes after many years of sustained effort between the United States and Japan, and it is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far,” according to a written statement issued by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

Omaha Planning Agency Needs JLUS Consultant for Offutt AFB

  • January 2, 2014
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The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, the lead agency for the joint land use study (JLUS) implementation for Offutt Air Force Base and the study area, will receive proposals for consulting services to assist in the preparation of a JLUS implementation until Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m. CST at the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency office. Copies of the proposal specifications can be obtained on the Agency’s website …

San Antonio Eyes Potential for Attracting New Cybersecurity Missions in Next BRAC

  • January 2, 2014
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San Antonio officials are confident the city’s military installations are well positioned for a future base closure round and are pointing to the potential for building on the region’s strength in cybersecurity to attract new missions in the next BRAC. “We have an opportunity to augment and grow what we already have,” John Dickson, a principal at San Antonio-based Denim Group, told the San Antonio Business Journal. “I think we are more confident this time that our existing facilities are in a strong position and that will allow us to try to supplement and add to the missions that we currently have …

Language Directing Quick Transfer of Ft. Monroe Parcel Left out of Policy Bill

  • January 2, 2014
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A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer …

Appropriators near Completion of FY’14 Spending Package

  • January 2, 2014
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Progress on crafting a $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 is on schedule for lawmakers to take it up by Jan. 15 when the current continuing resolution runs out. Some hurdles — such as funding levels for specific projects and policy riders from earlier versions of individual spending bills — still remain, and it is unclear how soon leaders of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will work those out, reported the Hill …

Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites

  • January 2, 2014
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Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

Editor’s Note: Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2013
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and happy holiday, and an even happier new year!

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