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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Deputy Defense Secretary Takes up the BRAC Mantle

  • November 14, 2014
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During remarks Wednesday focusing on the bind the Pentagon faces between stringent spending caps and a Congress unwilling to embrace the department’s belt-tightening reforms, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work believed there was an opening to make the case for a new round of base closures. “The first place we should look at is our basing infrastructure. The department spends about $55 billion annually to maintain, sustain, and protect its bases,” Work said during the Center for Strategic and International Studies Fifth Annual Global Security Forum. And with recent and planned cuts to the military’s force structure, DOD’s excess capacity, estimated at 24 percent, is only rising, he said …

Corpus Christi Advances $5M in Projects to Benefit Military

  • November 13, 2014
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The Corpus Christi (Texas) City Council on Tuesday moved to approve $5 million in projects intended to benefit local installations. The investments are intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot ahead of further Pentagon spending cuts, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Corpus Christi is deeply committed financially to the long-term health and welfare of our military’s operations here,” City Councilman Mark Scott said during the meeting. With cuts looming, “we continue to show Washington our ongoing commitment to their presence …

Mayor Loses Election following Campaign Focused on Ft. Monmouth Redevelopment

  • November 11, 2014
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In a tight election requiring officials to count provisional ballots, the Monmouth County Clerk’s office determined on Monday that Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo lost his bid for re-election to his Republican challenger. The campaign focused on the redevelopment of the former Fort Monmouth on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast, with winning candidate Dennis Connelly criticizing both the plan and pace of redevelopment, reported NJ.com. Tarantolo is a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority board …

Expansion of Ft. Monroe Monument Could Link Distinct Parcels

  • November 9, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia may be interested in connecting the two parcels that make up the Fort Monroe National Monument, according to recent comments from the office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “Governor McAuliffe believes a contiguous national monument at Fort Monroe would be an enormous historical and economic asset to Hampton Roads and the commonwealth as a whole …

Businesses Begin to Show Interest in Federal City Project

  • November 6, 2014
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Two businesses are considering leasing space at the Federal City project in New Orleans, and negotiations are underway with a third, officials said this week during a meeting of the Federal City Joint Development Committee. The real estate management firm trying to attract businesses to Federal City, the redevelopment of the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans, has sent lease proposals to two potential tenants, reported the Times-Picayune. “So we expect a lot of movement here in the next few weeks,” said Christian Brierre, a consultant for the Algiers Development District, which owns the property. The businesses would occupy the ground floor of the parking garage built next to the Marine Corps support facility that anchors the project. Only three of the 15 retail spaces on the garage’s ground floor are occupied. The Algiers Development District is looking for businesses that could serve the personnel at the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

Democratic Losses Will Revamp Armed Services Panel in Senate

  • November 5, 2014
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Two Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee lost their re-election bids on Tuesday, but with the Republican Party gaining a majority of the chamber, the panel’s most significant change will be at the top. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is widely expected to take the committee gavel in the 114th Congress and with current chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) retiring, Jack Reed (D-R.I.) is in line to become the ranking member. Reed may opt to take the top Democratic spot on the Banking Committee instead …

BRAC Authority Needs Updating, Heritage Executive Says

  • October 30, 2014
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When Washington gets around to crafting the authority for a new round of base closures, there are a number of guidelines defense officials and lawmakers should consider, according to a recent commentary in National Interest. The Pentagon should integrate its processes for rightsizing its infrastructure overseas and domestically, writes James Jay Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “What the future American basing structure in Europe looks like ought to be just as important as how many bases the DOD keeps in Texas …

Sequestration Presents Greater Threat than BRAC, Virginia Defense Affairs Secretary Says

  • October 30, 2014
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Virginia’s military installations are more likely to gain new missions than contract in a future BRAC round, John Harvey Jr., the commonwealth’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs, said this week. “Virginia has an awful lot to offer, and I think we have a lot to gain from a BRAC process,” Harvey told the Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance. One factor in Virginia’s favor is that the state’s installations are well-suited for all three of the military’s growth areas — special operations, cybersecurity and intelligence, reported InsideNOVA. “This is an extraordinarily attractive place for the services to be, for their people to be …

Riverside County Establishes Commission to Protect Air Force, Navy Facilities

  • October 29, 2014
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Motivated by the prospect of a new BRAC round in the near future, Riverside County in Southern California this week created a commission to shield its two military installations from the budget knife. “We’re taking this seriously,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley. “We’re leading a countywide effort to secure the support of our cities … because we believe in protecting these bases and the people who work there,” she said, reported the Valley News. The body’s primary focus will be strengthening the position of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco ahead of the next round of base closures …

State Investment in Electric Boat Bolsters Defense Manufacturing Sector

  • October 29, 2014
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The state of Connecticut will provide Electric Boat with a $10 million loan to support an expansion at its Groton facility that will add up to 200 jobs, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced Wednesday. Electric Boat’s expansion, estimated to cost $31.5 million, is needed to accommodate additional engineers, designers and other professionals that the company requires as it completes work related to the Navy’s Virginia class nuclear submarines as well as the Ohio replacement program, the newest class of submarines. “Our state’s defense product and parts manufacturing sector is becoming increasingly important to the Pentagon’s supply chain and, ultimately, our national defense strategy as illustrated by the growing number and value of contracts awarded to Connecticut-based industry leaders like Electric Boat over the past decade …

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