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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

State Lawmakers Support Governor’s Budget Request to Preserve Joint Base MDL

  • April 9, 2015
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New Jersey senators are endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) proposal to spend $200,000 in fiscal 2016 on strategic planning and lobbying to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in a future base closure round. Some lawmakers favored investing even more money to support the joint base, reported the Burlington County Times. “Devastating is the only word I can think of if for any reason [a BRAC Commission] would view our joint base in a negative light,” said state Sen. Jennifer Beck …

Driverless Car Test Site at Closed Base to Provide Long-Term Gains to Concord

  • April 8, 2015
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Officials from the city of Concord and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority believe a new testing facility for self-driving cars established at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California will prove a boon for economic development and further the city’s pursuit of advanced manufacturing jobs. Last week the transportation authority announced that Honda would join Mercedes-Benz in testing autonomous vehicles at the 2,100-acre GoMentum Station, a research and testing hub for self-driving cars, vehicles equipped with technology to communicate with each other, “smart” traffic signals and other new technologies. The two auto manufacturers plan to take advantage of the shuttered base’s 20 miles of paved roads, including railroad crossings, parking lots, curved roadways, tunnels and streets laid out like a city grid …

Not Clear What Hoops DOD Needs to Jump through to Gain BRAC Approval

  • April 8, 2015
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It’s no secret that most lawmakers are adamantly opposed to additional base closures and even after the Obama administration in February made its fourth request since 2012 for permission to hold a new BRAC round, it’s not clear that the Pentagon has made any headway with Congress. In fact, it’s difficult to find any lawmaker who will stand up for BRAC. In a story about the growing imbalance between DOD’s infrastructure and its force structure, Federal News Radio contacted six lawmakers who previously had said they would consider the department’s request to consolidate its infrastructure. None, however, agreed to comment for the story …

Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Limited Funding for Project Supporting Columbus AFB

  • April 8, 2015
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The Mississippi Legislature has approved a bond bill allowing the state to borrow $2.25 million to fund the extension of a recreational path from the city of Columbus to Columbus Air Force Base, enough to start the project but well short of the $25 million measure House lawmakers passed in February. “I had high hopes,” state Rep. Jeff Smith (R) told the Columbus Dispatch. “In the back of my mind, I was always worried we’d get nothing. The main thing we were able to get was the House and Senate to understand we would be back every year [asking for more funding]. We knew all along it would be a multi-year project, and we will be coming back next year …

Garrison Commanders Grapple with Budget Constraints

  • April 7, 2015
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At a two-day conference for Army garrison commanders and command sergeants major last month, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, addressed the challenge of running an installation amid tight fiscal constraints. “We have to weigh risks daily,” Hammack said. “What’s acceptable loss? Compare loss of life to buildings that decay a little faster … grass that grows a little higher? Gen. Halverson and I are okay with the grass growing higher if it means that the troops are trained, ready and properly equipped …

Army Completes Disposal of Kansas Ammo Plant through Auction

  • April 7, 2015
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A New York investment firm last week completed the purchase of a 10-acre parcel at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant after submitting the winning bid in an auction conducted by the General Services Administration. Cornwall Specialty Trading purchased the tract, which contains the plant’s former 67,000-square-foot administration building, for $282,777. The transaction marks the completion of the Army’s disposal of the 14,000-acre facility in southeastern Kansas that was shuttered following the 2005 BRAC round. The Great Plains Development Authority is the major property owner with 7,000 acres. The facility’s munitions manufacturer, Day & Zimmermann, purchased 4,000 acres to continue operations at the plant. Production, however, has been shut down, Ann Charles, assistant director of the authority, told 360. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism holds the title to the remaining 3,000 acres. Charles said the authority will help Cornwall market its parcel as part of its efforts to market the Great Plains Industrial Park. The LRA also will provide caretaker services for the investment firm’s parcel.

Texas Communities Await Verdict on Sequestration, Army Downsizing

  • April 6, 2015
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Local officials throughout Texas are increasingly alarmed about the prospect that stringent caps on Pentagon spending first imposed in 2013 will remain in place through the end of the decade. Already, defense communities in Texas have been hurt by the furlough of civilian workers, the loss of active-duty personnel and attrition in civilian personnel, reported the San Antonio Express-News. On the immediate horizon is an Army determination expected this summer on how it will allocate the elimination of up to 70,000 active-duty troops by fiscal 2020. Forts Hood and Bliss, and Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston potentially could lose thousands of soldiers and civilian workers, but advocates for each of those posts believe the strong level of support provided by their host communities should shield them from the worst cuts …

Presidio Solicits Input from San Francisco Residents on New Park

  • April 6, 2015
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The Presidio Trust last month began gathering public input about alternative designs for transforming the former San Francisco installation by creating an unbroken landscape from the main post of the historic Army installation to Crissy Field and San Francisco Bay. The “New Presidio Parklands,” a 13-acre tract, is being made possible by the construction of a bluff to cover the rebuilt Doyle Drive which runs through the Presidio connecting San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. The trust views the project as a starting point for visiting the Presidio and the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, reported the San Francisco Chronicle …

House Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill in Two Weeks

  • April 5, 2015
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Six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee will mark up their portions of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill from April 22-23, with the full committee markup scheduled for April 29. The Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for installation policy including BRAC, will mark up its portion of the annual policy bill on April 22 at 4 p.m. All of the markups will be streamed live on the committee’s YouTube Channel, according to the committee’s announcement. The committee will post draft bills for each subcommittee and the full committee on its website prior to the markups. Last month, Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the legislation is scheduled to go to the House floor in mid-May.

Parkway Extension Requires Public Investment, SouthField Developer Says

  • April 1, 2015
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The master developer for the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth is pressing the commonwealth of Massachusetts to spend between $20 million and $40 million to extend an access road through the reuse project. A deal to fund the road would position the long-troubled redevelopment, called SouthField, to attract commercial development as the region’s real estate market heats up. Extending the road to Route 18 would create a more welcoming entrance and ease access to the property, say officials with Starwood Land Ventures. The developer, though, has indicated it would pull out of the reuse in the absence of state funding, reported the Boston Globe …

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