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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Calif. County Considers New Office to Address BRAC Fears

  • March 18, 2014
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With the possibility of a new BRAC round, two supervisors in Southern California’s Riverside County are taking the initiative to protect their two remaining military bases from closure. Their solution: the creation of an Office of Military and Defense Services (OMDS) to be part of the county’s Economic Development Agency. The office would also promote more federal contracting opportunities for local businesses…

Massachusetts’s $170 Million Military Bond Bill Signed into Law

  • March 18, 2014
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Massachusetts raised the stakes on how a state can support its military installations and defense sector with Governor Deval Patrick’s approval of what may be the largest state commitment of its kind. The “Act Encouraging the Improvement, Expansion and Development of Military Installations in the Commonwealth” authorizes funding for infrastructure projects in partnership with Massachusetts military installations and the Massachusetts National Guard.

Experts Warn that Colorado Is Behind in Protecting Installations

  • March 17, 2014
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As the DoD plans $900 billion in budget cuts over the next 10 years, local military support and business advocacy groups in Colorado warn that Colorado lags behind other states in protecting the state’s military missions.“If Colorado, or any other state for that matter, is going to be successful in defending its installations and mission, they need to have a…

LRA, Master Developer Offer Plans to Jump Start South Weymouth NAS Reuse

  • March 14, 2014
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The LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth this week approved an alternate plan to one proposed by its master developer for reviving reuse of the former base, located outside of Boston. South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp.’s plan calls for changing the method for amending the bylaws governing zoning on the base, and eliminating requirements for votes by town meetings in Rockland and Abington, and the Weymouth Town Council. The power of approval would transfer to elected officials in each town …

Farr Presses DOD on BRAC Cleanup Funds

  • March 14, 2014
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Troubled by a steep drop in the budget to clean up installations closed during previous BRAC rounds, California Rep. Sam Farr (D) asked defense installation officials at a House hearing Wednesday to explain why the department’s unobligated balance for BRAC cleanup funds was so high. Farr said he had learned that the department had about $900 million in unobligated funds for BRAC cleanup. He was equally concerned about the fiscal 2015 budget request for $270 million for the account, which would represent a 40 percent drop in funding from this year’s allocation and a 64 percent decline from FY 2013′s allocation …

Need for BRAC is Clear, Installation Officials Tell Lawmakers

  • March 12, 2014
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A new round of base closures is needed to avoid wasting money on unneeded facilities, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday. Equally important, granting DOD the authority to realign and shutter installations also would free up defense funds for other urgent priorities, including readiness and modernization, Conger told lawmakers. The services’ installation chiefs who testified along with Conger all emphasized that they have excess capacity, a disparity that is particularly acute for the Army and Air Force …

Colorado Lawmakers Want State to Prepare for Next BRAC

  • March 9, 2014
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Two Colorado legislators representing districts that are home to military installations plan to introduce a measure commissioning a study to help the state prepare for the next round of base closures. “It affects the whole state, but particularly Aurora and Colorado Springs,” Senate President Morgan Carroll (D) told the Colorado Spring Gazette. “It’s a potential multi-billion dollar impact to the state as far as what happens in the future base realignment and closure,” said Carroll, who represents Aurora, home to Buckley Air Force Base and administrative offices at the former Lowry AFB. The bill’s co-sponsor would be the Colorado Senate’s Republican leader, Bill Cadman, who is from Colorado Springs, the host community for Fort Carson, Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and the Air Force Academy.

BRAC is DOD’s Preferred Method to Address Excess Infrastructure, Spokesman Insists

  • March 9, 2014
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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby on Friday successfully deflected a reporter’s question as to when DOD would act to eliminate excess infrastructure outside the bounds of BRAC by repeating multiple times that officials would prefer to pare down the department’s real estate portfolio through a base closure round. “The preferred method is to work with the Congress and to get another round of BRAC,” Kirby said. The reporter asked Kirby to clarify recent statements by Defense Secretary and other top officials that DOD has authorities beyond BRAC to reduce its infrastructure, but the press secretary offered very little in terms of specifics …

Cleanup Advances at George AFB

  • March 7, 2014
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As cleanup efforts at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif., near 75 percent completion, an Air Force spokeswoman said some chemical remnants may be detectable for 500 more years. Of 213 contaminated sites at the 5,062-acre property, 171 have been remediated. To date, the Air Force has transferred 4,196 acres at the installation, now the Southern California Logistics Airport, to local authorities …

Virginia Should Advocate for New BRAC, Commission Recommends

  • March 6, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia stands to gain from a new round of base closures and, as a result, it should advocate for the Pentagon to hold another BRAC, according to a 10-member commission created last year by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). “A BRAC will provide DOD the opportunity to achieve a number of efficiencies by consolidating existing activities located outside the commonwealth with existing installations and activities already in the commonwealth …

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