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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Race to Add Buffer Space Won’t Help a Base Make Its Case, Experts Say

  • January 27, 2015
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The pressure of a looming BRAC round has prompted many defense communities to expand buffer zones around local installations to protect them from encroachment, but the efforts likely won’t impress Pentagon officials developing closure recommendations, according to several experts. “I think it’s a misguided competition,” Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Pensacola News Journal. “A buffer zone may reduce noise complaints, but I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference to the DOD …

Buckley AFB Well Positioned for Next BRAC, Commander Says

  • January 27, 2015
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The numerous assets of Buckley Air Force Base, located outside of Denver, should shield it in a future BRAC round and, possibly, help it attract new missions, the commander of the installation’s 460th Space Wing said last week during his state of the base speech. Buckley’s focus on global missile detection using satellites, its strategic western location and its availability of land for development make it a candidate for growth, Col. John Wagner said, reported the Aurora Sentinel. “I’m not concerned about a closure, I’m really trying to figure out how we can adequately accommodate expansion, because we can absorb more missions and more people, but we want to do it smartly …

European Consolidation May Not Put BRAC Request over the Top, Past DOD Officials Say

  • January 26, 2015
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The consolidation of DOD’s military facilities in Europe announced earlier this month can be expected to bolster the department’s case for conducting a new BRAC round, but likely won’t be sufficient to convince lawmakers to grant the request, say several former Pentagon officials. “I think [the changes in Europe] will help some in terms of persuading Congress to give BRAC authority,” former DOD Comptroller Robert Hale told Stars and Stripes. “It was a reason in the past to deny BRAC authority. But I have to be candid and say I don’t think it will be enough …

Ohio Lawmakers, Installation Officials Discuss BRAC Scenarios

  • January 26, 2015
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Four Ohio lawmakers met with military officials on Friday to gather input for a plan to defend, and possibly enhance, the state’s installations in a future round of base closures. “What is our assessment of our vulnerabilities and opportunities as we look to the future and the possibility of decreased defense spending and another possible Base Realignment and Closure,” said Rep. Mike Turner. “How does it happen? What is the scope? How do we play the best hand to make sure that Ohio wins …

Further Cuts to Follow Loss of Brigade at Ft. Carson

  • January 25, 2015
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The inactivation of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson earlier this month is slated to be followed by the loss of another unit later this year and potentially further cuts in the coming years after the Army figures out how to trim its end strength to 420,000. Many of the brigade combat team’s personnel will remain at the Colorado post, with 1,500 troops assigned to other units there and 2,700 soldiers relocated or separated, reported the Colorado Springs Independent. Later this year, an Apache helicopter unit is scheduled to move to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Also looming is the second round of Army restructuring needed to eliminate up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. Fort Carson could lose a maximum of 16,000 soldiers and civilian personnel over the two rounds …

Willow Grove LRA Taps Catellus as Master Developer

  • January 22, 2015
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The Horsham LRA on Wednesday selected Catellus Development Corp. to act as master developer for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove located north of Philadelphia. The Oakland, Calif.-based firm beat out three other finalists — a team composed of Lennar Corp., Fla., and Toll Brothers, Pa.; the Hankin Group, Pa.; and Keystone Properties, Pa. The reuse plan for the 862-acre base calls for a town center; 1,486 residential units of various types; 1.8 million square feet of commercial uses, including a hotel/conference center; 452,000 square feet of other uses including a regional recreation center, new school and aviation museum; and parks and open space …

Electric Powertrain Manufacturer Moves to Alameda Point

  • January 21, 2015
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Wrightspeed, a designer and manufacturer of low-emission, electric hybrid powertrains, has moved its offices and assembly plant to historic Hangar 41 at the former Naval Air Station Alameda, located on San Francisco Bay. Wrightspeed makes electric powertrains that can be installed in existing delivery and garbage trucks, making them “near zero-emission, quiet and efficient commercial vehicles,” according to a press release. The company had not previously focused on garbage trucks and selected Hangar 41 at Alameda Point because it needs a building with doors large enough to accommodate the huge vehicles …

Malmstrom Supporter Eyes Potential for Mission Growth in Next BRAC

  • January 21, 2015
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Malmstrom Air Force Base has the potential to benefit from a new round of base closures through mission growth, according to David Weissman, chairman of the Montana Defense Alliance. “We think that there might be the opportunity through the BRAC to actually increase the size of Malmstrom if they were to reduce a base and move assets around. So our strategy would actually be to look at growth,” Weissman told KRTV. Congress has ignored the Pentagon’s calls for a BRAC recently, but Weissman believes lawmakers are close to realizing that the military services need a way to pare down their excess capacity. “I believe that the next year or so will be pretty eye-opening for them all and they’ll come around and believe it’s the right thing to do,” he said …

Congress Needs to Maintain Vigilant Oversight of Pentagon, Thornberry Says

  • January 20, 2015
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There are multiple reasons why lawmakers would ignore many of the Obama administration’s recent belt-tightening reforms such as holding a new BRAC round, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday. Thornberry referred to a number of DOD proposals to trim force structure, including retiring the A-10 close air support aircraft, not refueling the U.S.S. George Washington aircraft carrier and shutting down the assembly line for M1 Abrams tanks. “Sometimes the Pentagon is penny-wise, pound-foolish. Sometimes there is parochialism within the Pentagon …

Oregon Delegation Presses Pentagon to Transfer Chemical Depot

  • January 20, 2015
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Oregon’s congressional delegation is urging DOD to go ahead with an existing proposal to transfer thousands of acres at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot to the site’s local redevelopment authority at no cost, after learning the Army is reconsidering the plan. “We are writing to express our strong concerns about reports that the U.S. Army may seek to charge the communities around Umatilla to receive property as part of the ongoing Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) process at the Umatilla Army Depot,” Sens. Ron Wyden (D) and Jeff Merkley (D) and Rep. Greg Walden (R) said in a letter sent last week to Defense Secretary Charles Hagel. “If accurate, this would be a terribly disappointing development in a process that has otherwise been a model for transfers under the BRAC process …

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