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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Cleanup Funding For Past BRAC Rounds Would Take Hit under FY’15 Proposal

  • March 6, 2014
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Funding to clean up installations closed during previous BRAC rounds would fall 40 percent to $270.1 million in fiscal 2015, under DOD’s latest budget request. If approved by Congress, the recommendation would continue a steep drop in funding for past base closure rounds since FY 2013. That year, Congress provided $759.6 million for cleanup and other closure costs associated with the five rounds of BRAC. This year, lawmakers allocated $451.4 million for the BRAC account …

Opposition Mounts on Hill to BRAC Request

  • March 5, 2014
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The Pentagon’s request to hold a round of base closures in 2017 is having trouble gaining traction among lawmakers, a similar reception to its requests for additional BRAC rounds in each of the past two years. The administration’s proposal stands little chance of going forward this year, Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday following his panel’s hearing on DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request. “I just don’t think we’ve seen the value of it, including the last BRAC …

Niagara Falls Support Group Promotes New Missions for Air Reserve Station

  • March 4, 2014
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Last week’s trip to Washington by the local support group for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to meet with the congressional delegation for western New York advanced the organization’s effort to promote new missions for the base. The Niagara Military Affairs Council pushed for the return of eight C-130 cargo aircraft to Niagara Falls from a base in Minnesota, where they were sent from New York several years ago, reported the Buffalo News. Drone-control units are scheduled to be installed at the air reserve station next year, but the council wants drones to be based at Niagara Falls. “That’s how you get the manning,” Jeffrey Glatz, Niagara County manager, told the paper. This spring construction is set to begin on a C-130 flight simulator. When it is completed next year, about 400 service members will visit annually for training …

Senate Readiness Chair Maintains Resistance to BRAC Request

  • March 4, 2014
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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), chairman of the Armed Services’ subcommittee responsible for installations policy, last week reiterated her opposition to the Pentagon’s request to conduct a new round of base closures. Last week, during his preview of the fiscal 2015 budget request — which is scheduled to be formally unveiled today — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said DOD will ask Congress for permission to hold a BRAC round in 2017, the third consecutive year the Obama administration has requested additional base closures. “Another BRAC round would have serious consequences for our shipyard, our workers, and our economy in New Hampshire …

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