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  • Navy Hands Over Airfield at Brunswick to LRA

    Months than three months before the Navy is scheduled to disestablish Naval Air Station Brunswick, local, state and federal officials on Monday celebrated the transfer of more than 715 acres of runways, hangars and other facilities at the installation to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. The public benefit conveyance of the airport property marks the first transfer by the Navy at the 3,200-acre base in southern Maine …

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  • Defense Communities 360 Online Publication Launches!

    Welcome to the debut of the new Defense Communities 360 online publication, which will feature news articles, feature stories, links to other stories …

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  • Cuts in Base Support to Boost Army’s Reliance on Partnering

    One approach the Army will pursue to cope with limits on funding for installation services is partnering with communities and base operating support contractors, Joe Calcara, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations and housing, said at the outset of a super session at the ADC 2011 Winter Forum on how partnerships can advance installation efficiency. Calcara described the approach, termed “integrated sourcing,” as the latest evolution of strategic outsourcing. The Army likely would look to partner with either a community municipal services provider or an existing contractor that can promise to offer significant savings at a particular installation …

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  • Army Compares Notes with Other Services during EUL Stand-Down

    As the Army waits for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to finish a review of the Pentagon’s enhanced use leasing (EUL) program, senior officials have been meeting with their colleagues from the Air Force and Navy to look for ways to improve the way it carries out the service’s EUL program. The action comes amid a temporary stand-down the Army put in place for the program late last year after the congressional watchdog agency began its review …

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  • Air Force Officials Discuss Efficiencies, Partnerships at Winter Forum

    Senior Air Force officials spoke at numerous sessions at the ADC 2011 Winter Forum this week. The service is looking for savings that can be used for the warfighter by cutting overhead and support functions, said Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations. Bob Moore, director of the Air Force Real Property Agency, spoke of the need “to build a better record of success with EULs [enhanced use leases]” …

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  • Winter Forum Presentations Now Online

    Thanks to everyone for their involvement in another highly successful Winter Forum! Presentations are now available online …

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  • No One Wants to Touch the ‘Next BRAC’ Question

    With a simple, “I’m not announcing another BRAC,” Joe Calcara, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations and housing, dispensed with an audience member’s question as to whether the need to rein in spending across the military would prompt the Pentagon to launch a new round of base closures. And in short order, representatives of the Navy and Air Force echoed Calcara’s response during an ADC 2011 Winter Forum super session on how partnerships can advance installation efficiency. Still, Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s principal deputy assistant secretary for installations and environment, and Kathleen Ferguson, the Air Force’s deputy assistant secretary for installations, pointed out that their services have excess capacity …

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  • ‘Right Time’ to Broach Partnerships

    At the conclusion of an ADC 2011 Winter Forum session highlighted by talk of a pending government shutdown and the prospect of constrained budgets for the Pentagon in future years, one speaker pointed out the immense opportunity the fiscal challenges create for defense communities. After several years, there should be numerous openings for communities to propose forming partnerships with DOD and other federal agencies, said David Berteau, senior advisor and director of the defense-industrial initiatives group for the Center for Strategic and International Studies …

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