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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

To Avoid BRAC Fate, Purchase Leased Buildings, Orlando Officials Say

  • December 18, 2014
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To ensure Orlando does not lose its defense simulation cluster, state funds should be used to purchase the buildings where those organizations are now leasing space, industry officials told a regional economic development group this week. Thomas Baptiste, CEO of the National Center for Simulation, told the Central Florida Partnership that he fears DOD could end its leases in Orlando and move to other federal or military sites that have spare capacity. “The risk is that the Team Orlando workforce has outgrown the infrastructure …

Dayton Groups Seek Federal Funds to Diversify Economy

  • December 18, 2014
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With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bracing for the possibility of downsizing as the Pentagon struggles to meet stringent spending caps, local officials in the Miami Valley region of Ohio plan to apply to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for a diversification planning grant ranging from $4 million to $6 million. The Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County and Wright State University want to use the grant to help diversify the region’s economy ahead of looming federal budget cuts and a prospective BRAC round. Wright-Patt supports 27,500 workers directly and thousands of contractor positions, reported the Dayton Business Journal. The development coalition has been trying to protect jobs at the installation. Tenant organizations at Wright-Patt support many local research companies and organizations, including the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Closed Bases Find New Niche — Test Sites for Autonomous Vehicles

  • December 16, 2014
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One installation closed through BRAC 2005 recently reached an agreement allowing Mercedes-Benz to use its roads to test driverless cars, while another shuttered in the same round is discussing the possibility of providing space for testing and development of autonomous vehicles to a Princeton University research group. In October, the city of Concord, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Navy licensed Mercedes-Benz to use the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California as a test site. The automobile manufacturer will test other related technology as well, including traffic signals designed to communicate with self-driving cars …

Obama Stops at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • December 15, 2014
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While President Obama on Monday thanked U.S. troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for supporting the fight against both Ebola in West Africa and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, discussions about the installation and the looming threat of base closure lurked in the background. “This is one of our nation’s premier joint military bases,” Obama told thousands of service members in an aircraft hangar …

Cannon AFB Adds 600-Acre Parcel Courtesy of State

  • December 14, 2014
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The state of New Mexico recently purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and donated it to the Air Force, the community support group for the installation said last week. The transaction stems from the effort spearheaded by the Clovis Committee of 50 to save the base located in eastern New Mexico from closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The group had argued that Cannon’s key assets included a lack of encroachment and the availability of land for future growth. At the urging of local officials, then-Gov. Bill Richardson approved a $5 million grant to purchase land and water rights to benefit the installation …

Deed Signing Marks First Transfer at Walter Reed

  • December 11, 2014
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Officials from the District of Columbia and the Army held a ceremonial signing Wednesday of a deed transferring a building at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, marking the first transfer of land at the hospital campus to the city. After demolishing the building, the District plans to construct a $12 million fire station. “My administration has worked closely with the Army to acquire Walter Reed so that we can begin transforming this historic campus into a vibrant destination that meets the needs and desires of the neighboring community …

Ft. McPherson-Tyler Perry Sale Back on Track

  • December 10, 2014
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The Fort McPherson LRA’s plan to sell about two-thirds of the former post to filmmaker Tyler Perry is on again, after the authority on Tuesday replaced a board member and approved a resolution outlining the boundaries of the 330-acre tract Perry would purchase. The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority’s action means Perry would obtain the post’s historic parade ground, officers’ quarters and a golf course for his planned movie and television production complex. The LRA would hold onto the remaining 144 acres, which follows the northern and eastern perimeters of the installation located on the southwest edge of Atlanta …

BRAC Tops the Alternative, McHugh Says

  • December 10, 2014
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A new round of base closures would be the least painful way for the military to cope with the spending cuts forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a ceremony this week at Fort Drum honoring the 10th Mountain Division. One alternative to BRAC that would generate savings for the Army would be to continue downsizing actions at installations across the country, as was the case earlier this year when the post experienced the loss of a brigade and about 1,500 soldiers …

Funding for Past BRAC Rounds Drops under Omnibus

  • December 9, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 compromise spending bill released Tuesday would provide $315 million to clean up installations closed in past BRAC rounds, a $45 million increase over DOD’s budget request but a $137 million decline from the FY 2014 allocation. The boost over the administration’s request is intended to expedite cleanup at closed Navy bases, according to the House Appropriations Committee. Overall the military construction and veteran affairs portion of the omnibus spending bill would provide $6.6 billion for military construction and family housing programs next year, a figure which approximately matches the administration’s request but represents a $3.25 billion decline from last year’s level. The steep drop in milcon funding reflects DOD’s decision to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness. For family housing, the bill provides $1.2 billion in FY 2015, which matches DOD’s request but falls $325 million below the enacted FY 2014 level.

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