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House, Senate Staff to Discuss Compromise Policy Bill during Recess

  • July 29, 2014
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House and Senate staff from the Armed Services committees will attempt to work out a compromise fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill as a backup measure in the event the Senate once again fails to approve its own version of the annual defense policy legislation. The chairmen of both Armed Services committees recently met to discuss the need to hash out a conference report for the authorization bill that could quickly pass the House and Senate …

North Carolina City to Gain ‘Coast Guard City USA’ Designation

  • July 29, 2014
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Elizabeth City, home of several Coast Guard centers and a small boat station, is set to officially be recognized as a Coast Guard City. The city is located on the Pasquotank River just off of the coast of northern North Carolina. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft has signed off on the city’s application for the “Coast Guard City USA” designation. The application got his approval, Zukunft said, because of the “support our Coast Guard men and women receive from the community is recognized and applauded.” Elizabeth City will need to wait 90 days before the designation becomes official. Officials had been trying to gain the designation for at least the past 10 years, reported WVEC.

Agencies Need to Balance Owning, Leasing, White Paper Argues

  • July 28, 2014
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A new white paper is urging the federal government to rely on a diverse real estate portfolio that includes both owned and leased assets. Recently, the government has been favoring ownership over leasing as a way to save money, a strategy which in many cases is appropriate, write Kevin Wayer and Barry Scribner, co-presidents of JLL Public Institutions Group, in Government Executive. But the most efficient approach, they say, is for real estate officials at agencies to evaluate each acquisition decision based on its individual circumstances …

White House Touts Agencies’ Progress in Meeting Sustainability Goals

  • July 28, 2014
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Federal agencies continue to make significant progress in meeting energy and sustainability goals, the White House said Friday. The government obtains 9 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, surpassing the benchmark it set for 2013 of 7.5 percent. “We are well on our way to reaching our new goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020,” Kate Brandt, federal environmental executive at the Council on Environmental Quality, wrote on the White House blog …

Missouri National Guard Facility Largely Free of Encroachment Concerns, Study Shows

  • July 28, 2014
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The training activities of the Missouri Army National Guard at Camp Clark are generally compatible with the surrounding region of Nevada, Mo., according to preliminary results of a joint land use study launched in January. That conclusion did not come as a surprise as almost 90 percent of the land neighboring Camp Clark, located 100 miles south of Kansas City, is undeveloped, reported the Nevada Daily Mail. Representatives of the consultant preparing the study drew a sharp distinction between the situation at Camp Clark and issues, such as noise and night lighting, found outside other installations …

Move of DOD Activity Could Jump Start Redevelopment of Annapolis Research Facility

  • July 28, 2014
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The planned move of the U.S. Joint Spectrum Center from the former David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis could revitalize a 10-year-old, $250 million reuse plan for the site on the Severn River. The Joint Spectrum Center, part of the Defense Information Systems Agency, remained at David Taylor after it was shuttered following an earlier BRAC round. The center and its 160 employees will relocate to Fort Meade, Md. …

Industry Day at Groton Sub Base to Explore Alternative Energy Projects

  • July 27, 2014
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The Navy is inviting utility and other energy services providers to attend an energy industry day on Aug. 20 to discuss future projects and potential opportunities for meeting the energy goals at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn. The event is intended “to engage industry in an interactive way to gather additional information to support on-going market research efforts for upcoming renewable and alternative energy projects,” according to the announcement. The industry day is meant for utility providers and entities with a vested interest in utilities servicing the base, as well as energy services contractors and subcontractors qualified to support Naval Facilities Engineering Command in large-scale energy projects, it says. Registration is due by noon on Aug. 12. Announcement and registration materials are available on NECO.

Oklahoma Needs Consultant to Map State’s Defense Industry Supply Chain

  • July 27, 2014
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The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is issuing an RFP for “Oklahoma and the Department of Defense: Impacts on the State’s Economy and Workforce Supply Chain Mapping and Analytics.” The project will utilize a supply chain mapping model performed by a contracted, nationally recognized independent economics and analytics firm with experience in the defense industry …

DOD’s Industrial Policy Chief to Step Down

  • July 27, 2014
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Elana Broitman, who heads the Pentagon’s industrial policy office, said Friday she is stepping down next month after only five months in her current post. Broitman, the deputy assistant secretary of defense (DASD) for manufacturing and industrial base policy, told her office that she would be moving to New York because of a change in her husband’s job, reported Defense News. She joined the Pentagon in 2013 as principal deputy to the DASD. When her predecessor Brett Lambert left last summer, Broitman replaced him in an acting capacity. In March she was officially named to her current post. Broitman will leave DOD at the end of August. “The department will ensure that the work of [the office] will continue through this transition,” spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told Defense News.

Defense Policy Forum to Help Define Path toward ‘Base of the Future’

  • July 27, 2014
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Belt-tightening at the Pentagon has forced the military services to consider new ways to manage our defense infrastructure, including a heightened focus on community-military partnerships. But with deficit reduction a long-term priority, many in the installations community are looking for more fundamental changes in how DoD manages its bases as the key to sustaining defense installations for decades to come. On Sept. 15, ADC will host a half-day policy forum in downtown Washington focusing on the “Base of the Future.” The event will convene DoD and congressional leaders, states and communities, and industry representatives to discuss the future of defense infrastructure and installation services, and define how bases will be managed in the next decade …

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