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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Event to Address Potential for DoD to Trim Installation Costs outside of BRAC

  • October 22, 2013
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Faced with finding $1 trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years, the Defense Department has twice recommended a new round of BRAC as a way to cut bloated overhead costs and reduce excess infrastructure, and twice it has been rebuffed by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Given congressional intransigence, DoD is forced to look for new ideas when it comes to installation management. To help defense policymakers explore innovative ways for either trimming the department’s real estate holdings or operating them more efficiently, ADC next month is holding a special Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC: Reducing the Cost of Defense Infrastructure …

Shutdown Costs Fort Ord LRA

  • October 20, 2013
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The local redevelopment authority for the former Fort Ord, Calif., estimates it lost up to $100,000 during the government shutdown due to delays in multiple projects that rely on oversight by federal agencies. “If it’s not $100,000, it’s at least tens of thousands of dollars in consultant time,” said Michael Houlemard, executive officer of FORA. “It’s not the big dollars you hear about, but it is probably $100,000 in impact costs in all of our projects and in the delays …

Massachusetts Officials Seek Innovative Partnerships with State’s Installations

  • October 20, 2013
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Local and state officials from Massachusetts kicked off an initiative Thursday intended to identify ways the state’s six military installations could collaborate with their host communities. The aim of the community support initiative, led by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, is to help the bases become more efficient and to form stronger ties to their neighbors as the Pentagon faces declining budgets, reports MetroWest Daily News. If DOD carries out a new BRAC round, the department will look favorably at innovative installations, said former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray …

Local Hiring Goals Prove Challenging to Meet at Hunters Point Redevelopment

  • October 17, 2013
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The lead contractor working on the redevelopment of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has encountered difficulties meeting its goals to hire local subcontractors and workers, but said that it still is early in the $8 billion project and that its efforts are starting to pay off. As part of its redevelopment deal with the city of San Francisco, master developer Lennar Urban agreed to a goal of awarding 50 percent of supplier, construction and professional service contracts to “economically disadvantaged” businesses …

$25M Gift to Support Effort to Connect Presidio to Crissy Field

  • October 17, 2013
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A $25 million gift from the Bechtel Foundation will bolster a long-term plan to transform the Presidio, creating an unbroken landscape from the Main Post of the historic Army installation to Crissy Field and San Francisco Bay. The gift will go to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and fund more than half the cost of the Tunnel Top Parkland project, the construction of a new bluff to cover the rebuilt Doyle Drive …

DOD Needs to Look Beyond BRAC for Savings

  • October 15, 2013
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Efforts to trim spending on the Pentagon’s infrastructure should not be limited to bases in the United States, but should cover DOD’s foreign facilities as well, according to a commentary published in Reuters. Despite downsizing in recent decades, the department still uses a large number of facilities in places such as Germany and South Korea, write Kay Bailey Hutchison, who served as a Republican senator from Texas from 1993 to 2013, and Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution …

Rantoul Nears Final Agreement over Transfer of Former Chanute AFB

  • October 11, 2013
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The Air Force has sent the village of Rantoul, Ill., an economic development conveyance (EDC) for the former Chanute Air Force Base, bringing a property transfer closer to its final step. The conveyance, coming 20 years after the installation was closed, would help the village redevelop the base by providing greater flexibility to generate revenue through leasing and property sales. “It’s good to finally get these documents,” Mayor Chuck Smith told the News-Gazette. “It goes to the reduction of the footprint of the Air Force and the EDC process of property transfer itself, demolition of the steam plant and demolition of White Hall,” added Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl.

Navy Transfers East Bank Portion of Support Activity to New Orleans

  • October 8, 2013
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The Navy on Friday transferred the portion of the Naval Support Activity site on the east bank of the Mississippi River to the city of New Orleans. The 25-acre facility, located in Bywater, was slated to be turned over through a no-cost economic development conveyance, reported the Times-Picayune. The Navy shuttered it two years ago after it was designated for closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The city plans to convert the site, which includes three large buildings with a total of 1.5 million square feet of space, into a resiliency center, a hub for disaster relief agencies to deliver services and supplies during a catastrophe. City officials still are working out a partnership agreement with the master developer, EMDRC Partners, according to the story.

Oklahoma Planning Commission Extends Mission Capabilities of State’s Installations

  • October 7, 2013
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After the planning efforts of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission helped the state’s five installations weather the 2005 round of base closure, the group has continued to strengthen the bases’ position in anticipation of future BRAC rounds. Oklahoma is one of the few states that haven’t suffered a closure during the five BRAC rounds. Joe Leverett, the commission’s representative for Altus, home of Altus Air Force Base, attributes that record at least partially to community support …

Nevada Governor Creates Panel to Keep BRAC at Bay

  • October 6, 2013
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) recently issued an executive order creating a council to preserve the state’s military missions and infrastructure in a looming base closure round. Sandoval said there are active, guard and reserve bases in Nevada and “we must use our every effort to protect and expand those assets.” The goal of the council is to craft recommendations that will help the state retain and build its existing military installations. The co-chairs of the panel will be the state’s veteran services director and adjutant general, according to the executive order. Nevada is home to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nellis Air Force Base, Creech AFB and Hawthorne Army Depot.

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