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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Tank Plant Support Group Seeks Better Understanding of BRAC 2005 Rankings

  • June 12, 2014
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The local support group for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), formerly the Lima Tank Plant, plans to seek its congressional delegation’s help in clarifying what type of industrial facilities the center should be ranked against in a future base closure round. The JSMC, located in northwest Ohio, is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility responsible for manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing and testing combat vehicles and defense systems. After reviewing how the facility was evaluated in the last BRAC round, Task Force Lima concluded that it shouldn’t have been ranked against arsenals since its role is different …

Commercial Development Next Phase for Federal City Project

  • June 12, 2014
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Progress on the second phase of redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is expected to get back on track following resolution of the years-long conflict over management of the Federal City project. In the first phase of development at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, a public-private partnership built the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. A child care center and the first stage of a new YMCA also were completed. The second phase calls for new retail space, including a grocery, and expansion of the YMCA. “We’ve been on pause for three years. This is a re-birth,” Kathy Lynn, executive director of the Algiers Development District, told the Times-Picayune. “We plan to make this a place to live, work and play.”

Congress Likely to Resist Attempts to Close Bases outside of BRAC, House Staffer Says

  • June 9, 2014
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Congress most likely would oppose an attempt by the Pentagon to use its authority to close an installation outside of a BRAC round, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee said last week at the Defense Communities National Summit. If the department tried to use section 2687, there would be “pushback” from lawmakers, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told attendees. Congress has “blunt weapons” to employ and likely would lower the workforce thresholds in the statute …

Senate Appropriators Question whether European Basing Study Will Generate Savings

  • June 8, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee is concerned that any monetary savings generated by DOD’s effort to consolidate its European footprint could be offset by large expenditures on military construction in an echo of the lesson most lawmakers have drawn from the last round of base closures. In the report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill it passed last month, the panel questions the department’s intention to build a joint intelligence analysis center at Royal Air Force Base Croughton in the United Kingdom estimated to cost in excess of $300 million. The department asks for $92.2 million in its FY 2015 budget request for the project’s first phase …

BRAC Not Right around the Corner, House Staffer Says

  • June 8, 2014
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Citing unanswered questions about the level of surplus DOD infrastructure and the extent to which the military’s force structure will come down, if at all, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) expressed doubt Friday that Congress would approve a new round of base closures in the near term. The Pentagon has requested permission each of the past three years to conduct a BRAC round so it can shed some of its estimated 24 percent excess capacity. But Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit that he was skeptical of that figure because the department hasn’t assessed its excess capacity since 1999. “[That figure] doesn’t make sense to me …

Brunswick LRA Pays Back Navy Loan 10 Years Early

  • June 6, 2014
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Officials from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) presented a $3 million check to the Navy on Thursday, paying off part of its obligation for its economic development conveyance 10 years before it was due. The early loan payoff is a testament to the speedy transfer of the property from the Navy and the subsequent rapid redevelopment at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park. The payment took place at the Defense Communities National Summit and will save the authority, the LRA for the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB), about $1 million in interest and bank charges. “This action represents the types of sound fiscal management decisions that are made by the MRRA Board of Trustees in their oversight of the NASB redevelopment effort …

Policy Bill Would Eliminate Army’s Authority to Close Arsenals

  • June 6, 2014
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The Army secretary would lose a pre-Civil War authority to shutter arsenals without congressional approval, under the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed last month by the Senate Armed Services Committee. With both chambers poised to reject the Obama administration’s request for a new round of base closures for the third straight year, the provision would further restrict the military’s ability to pare down its infrastructure …

BRAC Not out of the Question in Future, Wittman Says

  • June 5, 2014
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The House Armed Services Committee’s rejection over the past three years of the Pentagon’s request for additional base closures may not be permanent, according to the chair of the panel’s readiness subcommittee. “We’re not saying never do a BRAC,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said Wednesday during the keynote lunch at the Defense Communities National Summit. But DOD should wait to conduct a new round until it first has taken a look at its long-term strategic and force structure needs. “I believe we have to take this in the proper sequence,” Wittman said …

Need for Federal Strategy to Address Excess Defense Infrastructure Is Urgent, ADC Says

  • June 4, 2014
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Congress needs to grant the Defense Department sufficient authority to deal with its surplus of infrastructure, otherwise DOD will be forced to hollow out many of its installations and the economies of affected defense communities will suffer, according to a policy statement approved by ADC’s board of directors this week. ADC issued the policy statement as the Pentagon and Congress remain in a years-long stalemate over the need for a series of cost-saving reforms even as the defense budget is subject to stringent spending caps and the military draws down from 12-plus years of war. “In an environment of declining support for installations, the only solution is to confront head-on the nation’s excess military infrastructure,” Bob Murdock, ADC’s outgoing president, told the audience Wednesday at the Defense Communities National Summit …

BRAC ‘Conversation Has Begun,’ Conger Tells Summit

  • June 4, 2014
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Despite painting a bleak future for military construction and facilities sustainment funding, the Pentagon’s top installations official on Wednesday expressed some optimism regarding the timeline for a new base closure round. Congress is on a course to dismiss the Obama administration’s BRAC request for a third straight year, but some indications have emerged that lawmakers’ rejection can eventually be overcome. One hopeful sign is a provision in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures and realignments …

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