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  • White House Budget Plan Doesn’t Add Up

    White House Budget Plan Doesn’t Add Up

    With defense hawks and Democrats alike blasting President Trump’s proposal to offset a $54 billion increase in military spending above the statutory budget cap with a corresponding cut in domestic programs, the consensus of budget watchers is that the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request will be merely the opening salvo in what is likely to

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  • ADC Recognizes Eight Communities for Exceptional Support to Service Members, Military Families

    ADC Recognizes Eight Communities for Exceptional Support to Service Members, Military Families

    ADC on Wednesday designated eight communities as “Great American Defense Communities,” a recognition of the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. The association launched the Great American Defense Communities initiative in conjunction with the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses last year to showcase the efforts communities take to support installations and their personnel. The 2017 class, along with the neighboring installations, includes: the Alamo – San Antonio region, Texas (Joint Base San Antonio); the Charleston region, S.C. (Joint Base Charleston); Christian County, Ky. (Fort Campbell); the Fort Hood – Central Texas region (Fort Hood); Hampton Roads, Va. (multiple installations); Maricopa County, Ariz. (Luke Air Force Base); Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Fort Huachuca); and the Governments of Southeastern Connecticut (Naval Submarine Base New London, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and other Coast Guard and National Guard facilities ) …

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  • DOD Outlines Process for LRAs to Request Protection under Environmental Statute

    DOD Outlines Process for LRAs to Request Protection under Environmental Statute

    The Defense Department has proposed a rule outlining the process for local redevelopment authorities (LRAs), owners and others in control of BRAC sites to request legal representation from DOD according to a federal statute intended to protect them from liability for undiscovered contamination. The proposed rule, published in the Dec. 7 Federal Register, stems from Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization act, which indemnifies owners of former military base property from lawsuits, judgements and other actions arising out of claims for personal injury or property damage. To date, the statute primarily has been relied on by LRAs and their insurers to recover damages from the military after they encounter previously unknown contamination …

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  • Compromise Defense Policy Bill Would Boost Force Levels

    Compromise Defense Policy Bill Would Boost Force Levels

    The House and Senate Armed Services committees have settled on a compromise fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would halt planned cuts in the end strength of the Army, Air Force and Marines in the coming year, while jettisoning several provisions that were likely to draw a presidential veto. The conference report likely will be filed today. The House is expected to vote on the agreement Friday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week, reported Military Times. Perhaps the most far-reaching impact of the legislation for defense communities is its rejection of the Pentagon’s plans to reduce the size of the Army and Marine Corps …

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  • Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future

    Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future

    The Army’s real property footprint can be expected to evolve incrementally as past decisions about the role of the service’s installations continue to exert a critical influence on its infrastructure, according to an appendix in the Army’s new strategic framework for supporting its installation requirements. But several changes already are shaping the installation of the future, starting with a trend toward greater outsourcing for both installation and mission support activities. The extent to which an installation can rely on the surrounding community for support services — including housing, childcare, recreation and retail — will depend on local conditions …

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  • There’s More than One Way to Forge a Partnership, Hammack Says

    There’s More than One Way to Forge a Partnership, Hammack Says

    The new 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 has brought renewed attention to the importance of installation-community partnerships. In an interview about the IGSA signed last month by the city Monterey, Calif., and the

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  • 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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