• Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership

    Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership

    When the existing contract between the city of Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey that governs the city’s delivery of base operation services to the Army runs out at the end of the year, very little will change on the surface. The city will continue to supply the Presidio a range of support services — including engineering services and maintenance functions for facilities, streets, storm drains, grounds, and fire alarm and detection systems — on a cost-reimbursement basis. But Jan. 1 will mark the transition from a contract based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation to an arrangement that takes advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing military installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services …

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  • Expanding Goals of BRAC Could Improve Its Political Prospects, O’Hanlon Says

    Expanding Goals of BRAC Could Improve Its Political Prospects, O’Hanlon Says

    BRAC has always been a hard sell, a point borne out by the Obama administration’s failure to persuade lawmakers to authorize one or more base closure rounds over the past five years. Maybe if the Pentagon were to broaden the aims of the BRAC process from simply winnowing unneeded infrastructure to an effort that simultaneously reinvests in the neglected facilities at enduring installations. Reconceptualizing BRAC possibly could improve its prospects in Congress, Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, told On Base. A more comprehensive BRAC effort could both rightsize the military’s portfolio of installations as well as reverse the deterioration of facilities that have been underfunded in recent years as DOD has been forced to operate under a budget cap …

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  • New Director Looking to Take Air Force’s Partnership Program to the Next Level

    New Director Looking to Take Air Force’s Partnership Program to the Next Level

    After reaching a major achievement last month, the Air Force Community Partnership program is expected to continue growing with a new focus on initiatives with higher returns on investment, says the program’s new director. While the partnership program is “doing phenomenally well,” the service has started to concentrate on initiatives that can be implemented across a variety of installations and that can generate a higher payoff for the Air Force as well as the community, Teran Judd, director of community partnership and encroachment, told On Base …

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  • We’re Updating 360!

    Starting Monday, Defense Communities 360 will be getting a makeover. The static five-stories-a-day format will be replaced with a more flexible one that will be easier to scroll through on mobile devices. If you only have two minutes a day to catch up on the news from the Pentagon, Capitol Hill and defense communities, the new format, with its emphasis on streamlined teasers of news articles, will allow you to do that. And if an article piques your interest, you can click on a link to the original story for more details …

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  • Stopgap Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown Passes House, Senate

    After a month of negotiations on a stopgap measure to keep the government running at the start of fiscal 2017, the House and Senate on Wednesday approved a short-term spending package that will now go to President Obama for his signature. The continuing resolution (CR) will provide lawmakers 10 weeks to complete work on FY 2017 appropriations and hash out a handful of unresolved policy issues …

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