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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

BRAC Decisions Need to Consider Climate Change Impacts, Report Says

  • May 14, 2014
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Climate change impacts such as sea-level rise and drought will threaten military infrastructure and their host communities, pointing to the need to take into account environmental changes in future basing decisions, according to a new report from a government-funded military research organization. “The challenge for the U.S. military is not simple: reduce force size, increase capabilities and readiness, fix our bases so climate change will not undermine our training and deployment activities — all in the context of a constrained budget …

Massachusetts Officials Tout Efforts to Protect Guard Base

  • May 13, 2014
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Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., should reap long-term benefits from several state initiatives, including $9 million in funding for the base’s runway and an aviation program at a vocational high school, officials said Monday at a community forum hosted by the state Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. The runway funding for Barnes, a joint use airport, was made possible by the landmark $177 million bond bill Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed into law earlier this year …

House Language Could Provide Head Start for BRAC Authorization, Conger Says

  • May 12, 2014
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Language approved by the House Armed Services Committee last week calling for a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures and realignments could provide the Pentagon a jump on a new BRAC round, according to John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment. “They have given us the preamble pieces,” Conger told American Forces Press Service. “All of which take time and if we execute them, all will allow a BRAC authorization on a shorter timetable.”

Army to Test for Hazardous Vapors outside Ft. Gillem

  • May 11, 2014
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The Army shortly will begin a vapor intrusion study outside Fort Gillem’s northern and southern borders to determine whether vapors generated by groundwater contaminants have seeped into nearby homes. The tests are being conducted at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Army’s planned transfer of the post, located outside of Atlanta, reported the Clayton News Daily. “What we’re trying to do is make sure there are no health risks with the groundwater contamination coming off of the installation,” Owen Nuttall, the Army’s site manager and environmental coordinator for the post, said last week. Officials previously confirmed the groundwater beneath the neighborhoods north and south of Gillem became contaminated from landfills on the post. Samples will be taken during the summer and winter with a small canister that will be placed on residential properties for three days.

New Jersey Panel Tasked with Promoting, Fortifying State’s Bases

  • May 11, 2014
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New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R) on Friday launched a statewide Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, a move designed to ensure the long-term growth and viability of the state’s military bases and Coast Guard installations. The task force’s primary objectives will be to organize a broad-based coalition — including elected officials at the local, state and federal level, as well as industry leaders, veterans and concerned citizens — to promote the state’s military installations; assist in the “economic fortification” of the state’s bases by leveraging the resources of the New Jersey Partnership for Action to help retain and attract missions to New Jersey …

House Committee Rebuffs BRAC Request

  • May 7, 2014
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The House Armed Services Committee approved language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill rejecting the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 during its day-long markup Wednesday of the annual policy measure. The vote was set in motion last week when the Readiness Subcommittee included a prohibition on conducting additional base closure rounds in its portion of the bill, and reinforced when Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) endorsed the ban on new BRACs earlier this week. At the same time the bill, which still was being debated Wednesday night, includes language calling for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures — a possible first step toward a new BRAC …

Smith Proposal Would Reform BRAC Process

  • May 6, 2014
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An amendment that Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to offer to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approving a new BRAC round will call for a variety of reforms intended to address lawmakers’ most common criticisms of the base closure process. “Given that the last BRAC round transformed more than it closed and has cost more and saved less than original estimates, members of Congress have justifiable reservations about giving the Department of Defense authority to conduct another round …

Subcommittee Requests Report on Benefits of Recommendations Promoting Joint Activities

  • May 5, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee remains concerned that BRAC 2005 recommendations requiring the services to merge or consolidate functions to operate more jointly were not effectively carried out, obviating cost-saving opportunities, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. To evaluate the benefits of DOD actions to implement recommendations intended to reduce infrastructure and promote “jointness,” the panel directs the Government Accountability Office to prepare a report …

Chairman’s Mark Derides Administration’s Repeated BRAC Requests

  • May 5, 2014
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In endorsing last week’s decision by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee to reject DOD’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) made clear the reasons he opposes additional realignments and closures. “The committee maintains its long held concern that BRAC rounds do not yield true savings but rather impose large upfront costs only then to shift property between federal agencies,” according to the committee’s summary of its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill …

Ceremony Signals Property Transfer Coming Shortly to Ft. Gillem

  • May 4, 2014
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The city of Forest Park, Ga., and the Army held a ceremony Friday to mark the transfer of much of the land at the former Fort Gillem. The ceremony was only symbolic, however, as the city and the Army still need to complete the paperwork making the conveyance official, reported the Clayton News Daily. “It’ll be a matter of weeks, not months” said Fred Bryant, executive director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, who has been working for the city to secure the land since 2006 …

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