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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Army Realignment Should Be Conducted under BRAC, Community Leaders Say

  • November 23, 2014
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The decision-making process the Army is using to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 by fiscal 2020 lacks transparency, say leaders in two Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops as officials decide what installations will lose up to 70,000 soldiers. Instead, the Army’s force structure realignments should be made through a formal BRAC round, they say. “No one is comfortable with the process of this whole drawdown and the way it’s being managed. The citizens at large, Congress, the Army — nobody’s happy with this process. … The meat-cleaver approach that is being taken to defense spending is unconscionable,” said John Crutchfield, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce …

City Names Developer for Alameda Point Town Center

  • November 23, 2014
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The Alameda City Council last week selected Alameda Point Partners to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at Alameda Point, the former Naval Air Station Alameda located on San Francisco Bay. Alameda Point Partners is a partnership made up of six firms created specifically for the project and includes two Bay area firms — SRM Ernst and Thompson Dorfman Partners. The plan for the parcel calls for a town center, a mixed-use development with hundreds of homes, retail and open space …

Eastern Pennsylvania Lawmaker to Take Reins of Milcon Spending Panel

  • November 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent (R) will take over the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee in the new Congress, Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) announced Thursday. Dent, whose district stretches from Harrisburg to Allentown, previously served on the state-foreign operations panel, not military construction. His district includes Fort Indiantown Gap, an active National Guard Training Center which serves as the headquarters for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the primary training site for the Pennsylvania National Guard and home to the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery …

California Lawmakers Rattled by Hagel’s BRAC Remarks

  • November 18, 2014
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Southern California lawmakers remain skeptical that Congress will authorize a new BRAC round in the near future; nevertheless, they were caught off guard when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday that additional base closures are needed to free up spending for more pressing requirements. “Just the fact that he was at Fort Irwin when he did it, obviously raised my blood pressure quite a bit,” said Rep. Paul Cook (R). “Maybe he doesn’t realize how sensitive [the issue] is …

Pentagon Will Request a New BRAC Round in FY’16 Budget, Hagel Indicates

  • November 17, 2014
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During multiple stops this weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the need for a new BRAC round as one way for the Defense Department to mitigate the fiscal constraints imposed by the Budget Control Act spending caps. “Despite numerous efforts and almost 10 years since the last round, DOD has been unable to secure another round of base realignment and closure. Today, DOD has 24 percent excess capacity in our basing and facilities — excess capacity that is costing us billions of dollars every year, money that could otherwise be invested in maintaining our military’s edge. We need Congress to help end this excess spending …

Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Seeks Firm to Prepare Reuse, Homeless Assistance Plans

  • November 16, 2014
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The Pueblo (Colo.) Depot Activity Development Authority, now known as PuebloPlex, will issue a request for proposals for redevelopment planning services on Monday. As part of its duties under the Redevelopment Act for surplus property at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, PuebloPlex is seeking qualified organizations through an RFP for contractual consultant services to complete its redevelopment plan and homeless assistance submission …

Deputy Defense Secretary Takes up the BRAC Mantle

  • November 14, 2014
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During remarks Wednesday focusing on the bind the Pentagon faces between stringent spending caps and a Congress unwilling to embrace the department’s belt-tightening reforms, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work believed there was an opening to make the case for a new round of base closures. “The first place we should look at is our basing infrastructure. The department spends about $55 billion annually to maintain, sustain, and protect its bases,” Work said during the Center for Strategic and International Studies Fifth Annual Global Security Forum. And with recent and planned cuts to the military’s force structure, DOD’s excess capacity, estimated at 24 percent, is only rising, he said …

Corpus Christi Advances $5M in Projects to Benefit Military

  • November 13, 2014
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The Corpus Christi (Texas) City Council on Tuesday moved to approve $5 million in projects intended to benefit local installations. The investments are intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot ahead of further Pentagon spending cuts, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Corpus Christi is deeply committed financially to the long-term health and welfare of our military’s operations here,” City Councilman Mark Scott said during the meeting. With cuts looming, “we continue to show Washington our ongoing commitment to their presence …

Mayor Loses Election following Campaign Focused on Ft. Monmouth Redevelopment

  • November 11, 2014
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In a tight election requiring officials to count provisional ballots, the Monmouth County Clerk’s office determined on Monday that Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo lost his bid for re-election to his Republican challenger. The campaign focused on the redevelopment of the former Fort Monmouth on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast, with winning candidate Dennis Connelly criticizing both the plan and pace of redevelopment, reported Tarantolo is a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority board …

Expansion of Ft. Monroe Monument Could Link Distinct Parcels

  • November 9, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia may be interested in connecting the two parcels that make up the Fort Monroe National Monument, according to recent comments from the office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “Governor McAuliffe believes a contiguous national monument at Fort Monroe would be an enormous historical and economic asset to Hampton Roads and the commonwealth as a whole …

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