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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

No BRAC in Near Future, Thornberry Says

  • February 22, 2015
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) ruled out any chance there would be a new round of base closures in the next couple of years during comments he made last week to the Nortex Regional Planning Commission in north central Texas. The remark built on earlier comments by the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee revealing a strong reluctance to consider authorizing a BRAC round. In January, Thornberry said the nation needed to better define the future roles and missions of its military before shuttering military bases …

Monterey Residents Take Advantage of Opportunity to Reimagine Fort Ord

  • February 22, 2015
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During a two-week planning process this month, about 1,200 people from California’s Monterey Peninsula offered their input to guide development at the former Fort Ord. The series of public meetings were held to collect ideas for regional urban design guidelines the Fort Ord Reuse Authority is creating to establish standards for road design, setbacks, building height, landscaping, signage, and other matters of visual importance. The guidelines will be used in conjunction with the base reuse plan but are not a code or standard that is a legally binding requirement needed to develop a project at Fort Ord, reported the Monterey Herald. FORA Executive Officer Michael Houlemard said the guidelines’ addition to the reuse plan will cut through legal confusion …

Huntsville Officials Confident as Possible BRAC Approaches

  • February 22, 2015
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While it’s still uncertain when the next round of base closures will be held, leaders in northern Alabama believe they have taken the necessary steps to ensure Redstone Arsenal is well positioned. “We have been pretty aggressive in our efforts to get ready for BRAC so we see it both as a threat and an opportunity and we are trying to make sure that we have considered what opportunities there are and prepared ourselves to get ready,” said Mike Ward, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

Wittman Argues against Administration’s BRAC Request

  • February 20, 2015
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At last week’s hearing of the House Armed Services Committee with defense experts on where savings could be found in the defense budget, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the committee’s readiness panel, focused on the witnesses’ support for a new round of base closures as one avenue for cutting costs. At the outset of the hearing, Bensahel listed a new BRAC round as one of three priorities for reforming DOD spending. “The Army and the Air Force have each estimated that they have around 20 percent excess capacity. It is unconscionable to require these services to continue spending money on facilities that they do not need while the budget caps require them to cut end strength, training, and readiness, which puts American troops at risk …

VA Contemplates Holding Exercise to Trim Unneeded Facilities

  • February 18, 2015
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During a Capitol Hill hearing on its fiscal 2016 budget request, the Veterans Affairs Department last week broached the possibility of conducting a BRAC-like exercise that would allow it to shed hundreds of aging hospitals and clinics it no longer needs. “VA cannot be a sound steward of the taxpayers’ resources with the asset portfolio that we’re currently carrying,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “No business would carry such a portfolio. Veterans deserve much better. It’s time to close the VA’s old substandard and underutilized infrastructure …

Task Force Lima Urges Unified Effort to Promote State’s Facilities

  • February 18, 2015
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The Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission last week visited Task Force Lima, the support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in northwestern Ohio, as part of an initiative to protect and attract military employment in the state.
After visiting each of the state’s military facilities the commission now will start drafting a report to Gov. John Kasich and lawmakers, reported limaohio.com. The task force recommended the report call for a statewide approach to any effort undertaken to protect Ohio’s military installations from a future base closure round. “I think what we’re looking for is the opportunity to … present a united front of Ohio interests,” said Lima Mayor David Berger …

The Insanity Defense (Department) Will Remain Hard Pressed to Win Congress’ Approval for BRAC

  • February 12, 2015
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The Pentagon shouldn’t be surprised that Congress rejected its requests the past three years to realign and close additional bases and likely will ignore its request again this year. Until defense officials revise the BRAC law to address lawmakers’ concerns about the 2005 round’s ballooning implementation cost and less-than-promised annual savings, there is no reason to believe Congress will suddenly embrace a new round of base closures, Lucian Niemeyer, a former staff member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, says in a commentary published in Real Clear Defense. “Each year, Congress has asked the Pentagon to suggest improvements to the BRAC law and, each year, there have been none. It would be insane for Congress to say ‘yes’ to the same process and expect a different result …

Concord Residents Learn about Competing Proposals for Naval Weapons Station

  • February 12, 2015
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The three firms competing to become the master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California this week presented their visions for converting the base to a new community with housing, shopping, offices and parks. Concord Mayor Tim Grayson stressed the need to integrate the new development with existing neighborhoods, reported the San Jose Mercury News. The Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, which the city adopted in 2012, calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres near the North Concord/Martinez BART station, with about 70 percent of the site preserved as parkland or open space …

Environmental Issues May Delay Ft. McPherson Sale

  • February 12, 2015
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The sale of 330 acres at the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry for a movie studio is likely to be delayed due to minor environmental issues covering about 36 acres at the property located on the southwest edge of Atlanta. Until the issues raised by the Army regarding four parcels on the 488-acre site have been resolved, the closing — which had been set tentatively for the end of February — will need to be postponed, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At a community briefing on Wednesday, Brian Hooker, executive director of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, assured residents the issues are minor, primarily involving documentation, and do not signal that additional cleanup will be required …

Wittman Places High Bar for New BRAC Round

  • February 11, 2015
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The Defense Department needs to make a stronger case to convince Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) that the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee should approve its request to hold a new round of base closures. Wittman, who chairs the readiness panel, wants answers from DOD on two different questions before he would consider authorizing another BRAC, reported the Daily Press. One is finding out where the department is spending too much money. He does not believe that spending cuts should be applied equally across the services. The other answer Wittman is looking for is an analysis of the potential savings from a new round over the next five years …

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