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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

BRAC Tops the Alternative, McHugh Says

  • December 10, 2014
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A new round of base closures would be the least painful way for the military to cope with the spending cuts forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a ceremony this week at Fort Drum honoring the 10th Mountain Division. One alternative to BRAC that would generate savings for the Army would be to continue downsizing actions at installations across the country, as was the case earlier this year when the post experienced the loss of a brigade and about 1,500 soldiers …

Funding for Past BRAC Rounds Drops under Omnibus

  • December 9, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 compromise spending bill released Tuesday would provide $315 million to clean up installations closed in past BRAC rounds, a $45 million increase over DOD’s budget request but a $137 million decline from the FY 2014 allocation. The boost over the administration’s request is intended to expedite cleanup at closed Navy bases, according to the House Appropriations Committee. Overall the military construction and veteran affairs portion of the omnibus spending bill would provide $6.6 billion for military construction and family housing programs next year, a figure which approximately matches the administration’s request but represents a $3.25 billion decline from last year’s level. The steep drop in milcon funding reflects DOD’s decision to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness. For family housing, the bill provides $1.2 billion in FY 2015, which matches DOD’s request but falls $325 million below the enacted FY 2014 level.

Patience to Pay off at Redevelopment of Concord NWS

  • December 9, 2014
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While initial prognostications of when the city of Concord would break ground on its redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California proved optimistic, the project is on the cusp of hitting several important milestones. After selecting four firms in June to vie to be become the master developer for the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, the LRA is scheduled to recommend two finalists to the city council in January. Later in 2015, the city council will select a finalist. Next is a public review of the Navy’s final environmental impact statement, followed by the service’s transfer of the property …

Defense Bill Does Not Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • December 8, 2014
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The leadership of the Armed Services committees negotiating the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill removed a provision that would have offered the same liability protections that BRAC sites receive when unknown contamination is discovered to property at facilities closed outside of BRAC. The language, added as an amendment sponsored by Indiana Rep. Todd Young (R) to the House version of the annual policy measure, would have extended the indemnity now provided by section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to property not yet transferred at ammunition plants and other installations closed outside of the BRAC process …

Ft. McPherson-Tyler Perry Sale Reportedly in Trouble

  • December 7, 2014
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Filmmaker Tyler Perry is considering pulling out of a deal to purchase two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson due to the protracted nature of negotiations with the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week. Perry agreed in August to purchase 330 acres of the 488-acre post on the southwest edge of Atlanta for a movie and television production complex, but now is favoring an expansion of his studio operations on property he acquired west of Atlanta, according to an individual familiar with the situation …

BRAC Offers Growth Opportunity for Ft. Rucker, Local Advocacy Group Says

  • December 4, 2014
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The quality of life and other economic factors in southeastern Alabama make Fort Rucker a prime candidate for mission growth in a future base closure round, according to a leader of the installation’s local support group. Rodney Wolfe, chairman of Friends of Fort Rucker, cited the low cost of living, outstanding schools and highly trained workforce in Alabama’s Wiregrass region as examples of community assets that play a role in base closure decisions made by the Pentagon. “With the proper planning and preparation that is in place, BRAC could bring about the opportunity for growth at Fort Rucker …

Justification Study for New BRAC Stripped out of Compromise Measure

  • December 3, 2014
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Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees struck language calling for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures from the compromise versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill unveiled this week. The provision, part of the House version of the annual policy bill, was viewed by analysts as the first step toward future congressional approval for a new BRAC round. At the same time, though, the two committees acknowledged the need for the Pentagon to update the analysis of excess capacity it performed prior to the 2005 round and stated that DOD already has the authority to prepare such a study …

DOD Likely to Continue Pursuit of BRAC under Carter

  • December 3, 2014
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Ashton Carter, who administration officials said Tuesday will be nominated shortly by President Obama to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, likely will continue the Pentagon’s recent requests for a new BRAC round as one of a series of reforms needed to accommodate stringent spending caps. Closing excess bases needs to be a component of DOD’s effort to find efficiencies that spare military capabilities, Carter argued during several speeches he made as deputy defense secretary, a position the 60-year-old physicist held from October 2011 until December 2013 …

Defense Budget Insufficient to Meet Strategic Guidance, Independent Panel Concludes

  • December 2, 2014
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The defense budget is inadequate to meet the Pentagon’s strategic requirements, even in the absence of threats which emerged over the past year, two members of an independent panel formed to assess the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Michèle Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, said the Budget Control Act spending caps pose “a threat to national security” and could jeopardize the lives of service members if another conflict were to arise. Congress should approve the department’s proposals to slash spending through a new BRAC round and reform military compensation …

David Larson, Longtime OEA Deputy, Retires

  • November 30, 2014
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David Larson, who oversaw thousands of funding awards to communities affected by closure, realignment and mission growth as the deputy director for programs for DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), retired from the Defense Department last month after serving at the agency for 23 years. Larson oversaw almost $3 billion in awards to local and state governments, helping defense communities to both prepare for and cope with BRAC actions, and to protect neighboring installations from incompatible growth. He managed support for the Defense Economic Adjustment Program and the Economic Adjustment Committee, a 22-agency effort to support communities responding to defense program changes …

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