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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Senate Action on Policy Bill Likely Closes Window on BRAC this Year

  • June 16, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s vote Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill that rejected the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 likely spells the end of the debate this year on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures. While the measure still needs to be debated on the Senate floor, even in the unlikely event an amendment authorizing a new round were to pass at that stage, without support from the Senate Armed Services Committee leadership, such a provision would have virtually no chance of surviving a House-Senate conference …

Next BRAC Round May Not Be around the Corner

  • June 16, 2013
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The panelists assembled Friday for the Defense Policy Town Hall at the Defense Communities National Summit all agreed that DOD urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities as part of an effort to reform its spending, but were less certain as to when Congress would go along with the suggestion. “I wouldn’t say there is an air of inevitability,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute …

BRAC Voted Down during Debate in Senate Committee

  • June 14, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved language blocking the Pentagon from launching a BRAC round, before completing consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The amendment reportedly would lift the ban after DOD finishes an assessment of excess infrastructure at its overseas bases, according to the Hill. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) described the amendment at a news conference after his panel approved the bill by a 23-3 vote …

Air Force Returns Onizuka AFS to Local, Federal Users

  • June 12, 2013
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The Air Force has finished the disposal of the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California, transferring a total of 19 acres to the city of Sunnyvale, a community college and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced last week. The VA obtained facilities on a 4.4-acre tract it plans to use for a research laboratory. The agency paid the Air Force $6.5 million. Foothill-De Anza Community College plans to build a regional education facility on a 9.2-acre site it received through a public benefit conveyance sponsored by the Education Department …

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Streamlining Infrastructure Would Benefit Defense Communities, ADC President Says

  • June 12, 2013
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With deep spending cuts becoming the new norm for the Pentagon, the long-term consequences are starting to become apparent to defense communities. Base operating support is taking a disproportionate hit — a burden that is expected to continue for the next decade — jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of installations, the readiness of missions and support for military families …

LRA Positions Chemical Depot Site, Indiana Community for Successful Recovery

  • June 11, 2013
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Reuse efforts at the former Newport Chemical Depot are well underway despite the three-year wait planning officials in west central Indiana were forced to endure until the destruction of the nerve agent VX stored there was completed in 2008. DOD did not give the community the green light to start planning for the facility’s redevelopment until later that year, but since then the local redevelopment authority has moved quickly to recover from the loss of 690 jobs and $40 million in annual purchasing after the facility closed …

White House Veto Threat over Authorization Bill Cites BRAC Request

  • June 11, 2013
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill precluding the Pentagon from planning for a new BRAC round was one of a multitude of provisions that prompted a veto threat from the White House on Tuesday. The statement said the administration “strongly objects” to the provision, which would prohibit DOD from spending any funds to “propose, plan for, or execute” an additional BRAC round …

Senate Panel Rejects Request for BRAC Round in 2015

  • June 11, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee failed to endorse the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it marked up Tuesday. Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said DOD cannot afford the upfront investment to carry out a new round and pointed to the dramatic rise in implementation costs for the last round over the department’s initial estimate in explaining the panel’s decision …

Senate Panel to Ignore Administration’s BRAC Request, Report Says

  • June 10, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will not authorize the Pentagon to conduct a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up today, according to a summary of the legislation obtained by CQ. The news comes as no surprise. At a hearing in April, the subcommittee’s chairwoman and ranking member both voiced their opposition to a new round of base closures …

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