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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Omnibus Funding for BRAC Cleanup Matches DOD’s Budget Request

  • January 15, 2014
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Cleanup at previously closed bases would receive $451.4 million under the omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, matching the Pentagon’s fiscal 2014 budget request. Both the House and Senate appropriations committees also recommended $451.4 million for BRAC cleanup in their earlier spending bills. This is the first year the two accounts funding cleanup at BRAC installations have been merged …

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Offers Plan to Protect State’s Military Bases

  • January 14, 2014
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A Republican candidate for Texas governor is calling for a three-step plan to help the state prepare for the next round of base closures. “In 2012 the total annual economic output of Texas’ 15 military installations was almost $150 billion. Most of Texas’ military installations are located in rural or low-population areas. The economic impact the military has on these communities is extraordinary,” said Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general. The three actions Abbott outlined include: establishing the Texas Military Preparedness Commission within the governor’s office …

State-Community Effort to Strengthen Military Presence in Missouri

  • January 14, 2014
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State agencies will coordinate their efforts and collaborate with defense communities and other stakeholders, under a new initiative announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to retain and enhance the state’s military bases, the missions assigned to them and federal defense spending. “Recognizing the crucial importance of military facilities to the future of Missouri, we will continue to work with local community leaders, businesses and our active and retired military families to retain and enhance the military footprint in the Show-Me State,” Nixon said Friday in a written statement. The governor appointed Treasurer Clint Zweifel to lead the Missouri Military Partnership, which will include gathering input from local communities …

Developers Outline Vision for Reviving Connecticut Army Engine Site

  • January 8, 2014
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Developers plan a mix of residential and commercial uses, along with open space, at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant located at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Connecticut, they said at a press conference this week. The plan for the 77-acre site includes apartments, retail, restaurants, parks, and entertainment and educational facilities, with possible options including a town center, hotel and transit center …

North Carolina Commission Requests Information for Study of State’s Bases

  • January 7, 2014
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The North Carolina Military Affairs Commission is interested in learning about consulting companies who may be able to assist the commission with determining the status of its military installations in regard to withstanding additional budget cuts; to be better prepared for another round of base realignment and closure; and to determine what additional actions may be needed to protect and expand military missions in the state. This request for information is intended to collect information and recommendations regarding this requirement …

San Antonio Eyes Potential for Attracting New Cybersecurity Missions in Next BRAC

  • January 2, 2014
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San Antonio officials are confident the city’s military installations are well positioned for a future base closure round and are pointing to the potential for building on the region’s strength in cybersecurity to attract new missions in the next BRAC. “We have an opportunity to augment and grow what we already have,” John Dickson, a principal at San Antonio-based Denim Group, told the San Antonio Business Journal. “I think we are more confident this time that our existing facilities are in a strong position and that will allow us to try to supplement and add to the missions that we currently have …

Language Directing Quick Transfer of Ft. Monroe Parcel Left out of Policy Bill

  • January 2, 2014
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A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer …

Pueblo Chemical Depot Gets Green Light to Launch Reuse Process

  • December 22, 2013
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The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot can formally begin the process of converting the facility into an industrial park under the BRAC statute, after the Army last week declared about two-thirds of the installation surplus. The Dec. 20 Federal Register notice means that other federal agencies, including other DOD components, had no interest in acquiring portions of about 16,000 acres on the 23,000-acre site …

Fort Monroe Master Plan Gains Governor’s Approval

  • December 17, 2013
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) last week approved Fort Monroe’s master plan, conferring several authorities to the Fort Monroe Authority, including the ability to sell homes and other property it now owns at the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. David Brown, executive vice president at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, praised the master plan for helping steer the redevelopment project toward economic self-sufficiency while allowing it to share “a key chapter in our nation’s history …

Defense Bill Drops Language Requiring Consideration of Community Support before Realigning Bases

  • December 16, 2013
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Language requiring the Pentagon to consider the monetary value of services provided to an installation by its host community before making realignment or closure decisions was stripped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill passed last week by the House. The amendment would have required the secretary of defense to account for “the value of services, such as schools, libraries, and utilities, as well as land, structures, and access to infrastructure, such as airports and seaports, that are provided by the local community to the military installation and that result in cost savings for the Armed Forces” when considering realignment decisions outside of the BRAC process …

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