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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

SunCal Revives Redevelopment at former Oak Knoll Hospital

  • March 30, 2015
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Seven years after plans to redevelop the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland foundered, Irvine, Calif.-based SunCal has filed plans for a mixed-use development on the 187-acre site. SunCal acquired the hospital campus in partnership with Lehman Brothers for $100.5 million from the federal government in 2005, reported the San Francisco Business Times. Progress stalled, however, after Lehman filed for bankruptcy in 2008. SunCal paid $76 million to purchase the property from Lehman last year …

DOD Should Consider Trimming Civilian Workforce to Generate Savings, Defense Analysts Say

  • March 22, 2015
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One area the Pentagon should target to slash spending is its civilian workforce, four defense analysts said March 16 at a Cato Institute forum. The number of civilian workers has grown since 2009, even as the size of the armed forces has been shrinking, said Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The Pentagon has not kept good records of the number of civilian workers it has, Eaglen pointed out, making it difficult to craft plans to roll back the size of the workforce. Conducting a round of base closures would be another way to find budget savings, the experts said …

Further Study Required of Army Plan to Abandon Indiana Firing Range, EPA Says

  • March 22, 2015
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Environmental Protection Agency officials are asking the Army to assess the costs and benefits of its plan to suspend environmental monitoring at the former Jefferson Proving Ground in southern Indiana, a repository of more than 160,000 pounds of depleted-uranium shell fragments along with millions of unexploded conventional shells, live detonators, primers and fuses. The Army also is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to terminate its license for the site. The service has proposed placing land use restrictions on the range, including fencing off contaminated areas, reported the Courier-Journal. The Army has said it spends about $150,000 annually to monitor the site …

Niagara Officials Unveil Marketing Campaign for Air Station

  • March 19, 2015
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Niagara County, N.Y., officials kicked off a campaign last week to promote Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in an effort to shield the base from potential closure. The campaign, which features two videos, is branding the air station as “Joint Base Niagara” to highlight the multiple missions it hosts for other services along with opportunities to expand into new mission areas. The campaign is a joint effort between county officials and the Niagara Military Affairs Council that relied on a $300,000 base retention grant from the state …

Defense Cuts Harming Readiness; Service Leaders Call for New BRAC Round

  • March 18, 2015
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Service infrastructure officials told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee Tuesday that budget cuts have harmed mission readiness by delaying repairs and improvements to infrastructure. Each cited a need for a new BRAC round to eliminate excess infrastructure. …

EPA Decision Allows Early Transfer to Advance at McClellan AFB

  • March 18, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency last week issued a record of decision for 130 acres at the former McClellan Air Force Base outside of Sacramento, Calif., paving the way for the Air Force to hand over additional property to the site’s master developer that has not yet been remediated. McClellan Business Park LLC has been cleaning up contaminated sites at the 3,450-acre installation under a privatization process begun in 2007. Under the program, the Air Force transfers both property and the responsibility to clean up the sites to the developer, along with funding to complete the remediation …

Local Officials Ponder Ways to Revive Development at Castle AFB

  • March 17, 2015
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Local leaders, lawmakers and planners gathered last week at Castle Commerce Center to exchange ideas for revitalizing redevelopment efforts at the former Castle Air Force Base in central California. The site now is home AT&T call centers, Big Creek Lumber, Hoffman Electronic Systems, Sierra Flight Academy and others businesses, but Merced County still is grappling with multiple challenges, including transportation, a lack of skilled workers and deficient water and wastewater infrastructure, reported the Merced Sun-Star. One priority for the county, which assumed full ownership of the 1,912-acre property in 2006, is obtaining funding to demolish 55 buildings …

BRAC Out, Thornberry says

  • March 16, 2015
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Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has no plans to include a base closure round in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill his panel is slated to mark up next month, he told reporters Monday. “I’m not sure we can afford another BRAC,” Thornberry said in echoing many of the same arguments Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the committee’s Readiness panel, employed at a March 3 hearing. “Remember, BRAC costs more in the early years than it saves,” Thornberry said, reported the Hill. “We have not yet broken even from the 2005 BRAC.” The chairman also argued that DOD’s estimate that at least 20 percent of its infrastructure is excess to its needs is out-of-date …

Subcommittee Chairs Remain Hostile toward New BRAC Round

  • March 15, 2015
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Now that the House and Senate panels responsible for BRAC have held their hearings on the administration’s fiscal 2016 budget request, it’s clear that the two subcommittee chairs are no less opposed to green lighting the Pentagon’s request to hold a new BRAC round than they have been in the past. Last Wednesday, Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, was upfront about her views on the matter, telling the installation chiefs for DOD and each of the services that her “going-in position” was that she is opposed to BRAC. At the previous week’s House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee hearing, Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) never stated his opposition to the department’s BRAC proposal but asked questions designed to bolster arguments against the request …

N.M. Lawmakers Advance Bill to Streamline Base Planning Panel

  • March 15, 2015
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The New Mexico Senate last week approved a measure trimming the size of the state Military Base Planning Commission from 17 to 12 members. The measure also would require that members of the commission, which is responsible for promoting and supporting the state’s military bases, represent counties that are adjacent to installations. The change is intended to make the panel more nimble as it strives to protect New Mexico’s military assets, said state Sen. Bill Burt (R), reported the Albuquerque Journal. Burt represents Alamogordo, home of Holloman Air Force Base. The move is needed as a new round of base closures could be held in the coming years, Burt said. The state has four major installations — Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB, Cannon AFB and White Sands Missile Range.

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