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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Spending to Clean Up Legacy BRAC Sites Reaches $26B

  • July 4, 2013
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Total spending on environmental remediation and ongoing operations at installations closed in the first four BRAC rounds will surpass $26 billion by the end of September, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. Appropriations for cleanup at legacy bases through FY 2013 total to $26.1 billion, although sequestration reduced this year’s $408.9 million allocation by an estimated $33 million …

LRA, LNR Look to Lure Commercial Development to Southfield

  • July 2, 2013
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Slow progress in attracting commercial development at Southfield, the reuse project at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, has prompted the base’s LRA to commission a study of the commercial market along Massachusetts’ South Shore. “I realize that’s the master developer’s responsibility, but because of the importance of attracting commercial development, we felt it was important for Tri-Town to take the lead …

Road Upgrades Still a Critical Need for Growth Communities, Committee Says

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department needs to address “critical transportation infrastructure shortfalls” outside military installations, either through expanding the eligibility criteria for the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program or identifying other sources of funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The committee’s request for the department to loosen the eligibility criteria for the DAR program — which is the only federal mechanism for the military to fund improvements to roads outside of an installation — echoes language in committee reports from previous years …

New Alabama Law Allows Communities to Better Support Installations

  • July 1, 2013
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Cities and counties in Alabama will be able to provide buildings and other facilities to neighboring military installations, under a new law taking effect Monday. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said the law, sponsored by state Sen. Arthur Orr (R), is intended to make the state more attractive for military expansion in a future BRAC round, reported the Gadsden Times. “Anything we can do to strengthen our position in Alabama, we are going to do,” the governor said …

Air Force Should Consolidate Infrastructure, Senate Appropriators Say

  • July 1, 2013
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The Air Force should continue its effort to consolidate its infrastructure, according to language in the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. “As the Air Force continues to scrutinize its infrastructure for savings, the committee recommends that the Air Force pay special attention to consolidating infrastructure and commands on its installations, including, but not limited to, communications, civil engineering and administrative facilities …

‘Don’t Assume You’re Safe,’ Principi Tells Alabama Panel

  • June 30, 2013
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the most recent BRAC Commission, last week urged state and local officials in Alabama to take action to prepare for the next base closure round, just as communities and states from across the country are. “You want to take every step now to avoid getting on the BRAC list for closure,” Principi told the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission while speaking at the state Capitol, reported the Montgomery Advertiser. “You are the boots on the ground and you know your installations better …

Army’s Cramer Named Permanent Installations Deputy

  • June 30, 2013
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After serving in an acting capacity as the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnerships for the past one-and-a-half years, Paul Cramer has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis. Cramer, whose appointment is effective today, was named the acting deputy in December 2011 after his predecessor Joe Calcara left the post. Cramer, however, continued to perform the duties of the assistant for construction, housing and base operations support, the position he assumed in September 2010 …

Offshore Drilling Would Not Threaten Hampton Roads Bases, Virginia Lawmakers Say

  • June 30, 2013
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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) and Rep. Scott Rigell (R) say drilling for oil or gas off the state’s coast would not jeopardize the defense presence in Hampton Roads and maintain that energy exploration can be conducted in tandem with military operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. The issue is coming to a head as Congress is considering legislation to lift a federal moratorium on drilling off Virginia’s coast. On Friday, the House passed the Off Shore Energy and Jobs Act, which would open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to drilling …

Pentagon Uncertain How to Interpret Provision Added to Base Closure Statute

  • June 30, 2013
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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals an interesting split among attorneys from the office of the secretary of defense and the military services over the interpretation of a provision added in January to the statute DOD must follow to close or realign bases when a BRAC round is not in force. The fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill added language to the statute barring the department from closing or realigning an installation within five years after the date on which a decision is made to reduce the number of authorized civilian personnel …

Authorization Bill Reveals Text of Amendment Blocking BRAC

  • June 28, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee released the text of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it passed earlier this month, revealing the exact language of the amendment blocking DOD from carrying out any additional base closure rounds. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), would bar future base closure rounds from going ahead until DOD completes an updated review of its overseas bases …

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