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North Carolina Legislators Create Commission to Support Military Facilities

  • August 8, 2013
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A panel charged with fostering North Carolina’s military installations was established Aug. 1 through legislation signed last month by Gov. Pat McCrory (R). The measure creating the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission abolishes the state’s Advisory Commission on Military Affairs and describes a broad set of goals for the panel as part of its mission to “increase the role that North Carolina’s military installations, the National Guard and Reserves play in America’s defense strategy and the economic health and vitality of the state …

See Rapid Transformation of Navy Base into Brunswick Landing at Redevelopment Forum

  • August 8, 2013
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Among installations closed in the last BRAC round, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick has been one of the fastest out of the gate, with the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) effort to create a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already taking shape on the coast of Maine. The redevelopment authority started attracting tenants prior to the Navy’s formal closure of the base in May 2011. It now hosts more than two dozen businesses, including Kestrel Aviation and Swedish medical supply manufacturer Mölnlycke Health Care, and 250 workers …

Mississippi Officials Pledge to Preserve State’s Installations

  • August 8, 2013
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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and members of the state’s congressional delegation pledged Thursday to protect and promote the state’s military missions. Bryant and state congressional members met with the Mississippi Military Communities Council to talk about strategies to defend the state in a future BRAC round, reported the Clarion Ledger. When he became governor, Bryant re-established the council to advise state officials on actions that could affect the state’s military bases and communities that support them …

Obama to Exempt Military Personnel from Sequestration in FY ’14

  • August 8, 2013
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President Obama plans to exempt military personnel from next year’s sequester cuts, as he did this year, reports CQ. The decision is significant as it means about $154 billion in spending on military personnel would be shielded from sequester cuts in fiscal 2014. The remainder of the Pentagon’s budget then would bear the brunt of an estimated $52 billion in automatic cuts next year …

Forbes at Odds with GOP Budget Cutters

  • August 7, 2013
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Caught in an internecine battle within the Republican Party over the primacy of defense spending, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), one of Congress’ staunchest defenders of the nation’s military, is uncertain whether fellow lawmakers will turn off $500 billion in defense cuts set to be imposed over the next eight years. With Congress moving toward a second year of automatic spending cuts, it’s impossible to know what will happen, Forbes told the Virginian-Pilot. “Nobody knows yet,” he said. “The president doesn’t know. The speaker doesn’t know. We don’t have a script written …

VA Uses EUL to Build Supportive Housing for Veterans at New York Medical Center

  • August 7, 2013
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is using an enhanced use lease to create housing for at-risk veterans and their families at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Partnering with the VA on the $11.4 million project are the Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling and Referral Agency and Cazenovia Recovery Systems. Ohio-based KeyBank provided $5 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity to finance the project located on Cadence Square …

Potential Force Reductions Go Too Far, Experts Say

  • August 7, 2013
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Many of the scenarios outlined last week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to accommodate $500 billion in further spending cuts through fiscal 2021 would jeopardize national security, according to the panelists at a symposium sponsored by the Brookings Institution on Tuesday. “The kind of cuts to the U.S. Army being considered, I think, are highly imprudent and leave us catching onto the latest fad in warfare,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at Brookings. “We’ve made that kind of mistake before as a country; we shouldn’t make it now …

Lt. Governor Begins Tour of Pennsylvania’s Military Installations

  • August 7, 2013
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (R) visited the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna on Tuesday, the first stop on a tour intended to kick off an initiative to protect the state’s 12 military installations in a future BRAC round. Cawley was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in September to chair the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission, a role requiring him to advocate for the state’s military facilities and the important role they play in the state economy and national security …

Officials to Draw up Plans for Force Reductions in FY ’14, Carter Says

  • August 7, 2013
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Defense officials are drawing up plans for possible reductions in force (RIFs) during fiscal 2014 to prepare for the likelihood that the department is required to find $52 billion in savings from its budget next year, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Wednesday. “We can’t rule out RIFs and involuntary separations if there’s sequester in FY ’14,” Carter said. “We don’t know what our budget is, so we’re not in a position to make final decisions about what we’re going to do …

Navy Studying Feasibility of Wind Power at Groton Sub Base

  • August 7, 2013
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The Navy has installed a 193-foot wind survey tower at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., to determine if wind would be a feasible power source. The tower, located in the Balfour Beatty housing community, will be used to study the amount of wind that gusts along the Thames River, reported the Navy News Service. “The tower will be up for at least a year to study wind patterns and the average velocity of wind in the area in order to determine if a utility size wind turbine would benefit the base …

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