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Developer to Purchase Former Navy Hotel, Housing at Brunswick NAS

  • April 28, 2013
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A local developer plans to lease the hotel and bachelor housing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, to the Navy to house sailors assigned to nearby Bath Iron Works. George Schott has agreed to purchase the 248-room hotel and 190 bachelor apartments for $6 million, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Bangor Daily News. Scott previously purchased about 700 units of former housing at the air station, now renamed Brunswick Landing. The LRA initially hoped the former Navy hotel could continue to be operated as a hotel, but a feasibility study concluded the community could not support it. “The fact that [Schott] is going to use [the housing] for what it was initially designed for — to support sailors — is fine with us,” Levesque said.

House Armed Services Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill next Month

  • April 25, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC policy and other installation-related matters, will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill on May 23, the full committee announced Thursday. The committee’s other five subcommittees will mark up their sections of the annual policy bill from May 22-23. The full committee will mark up the legislation on June 5. All of the House markups will be open and streamed live on the web …

Overseas Review Prerequisite for BRAC Authorization, Committee Indicates

  • April 25, 2013
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In addition to citing multiple reasons why it’s not the right time to go ahead with another round of base closures, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Wednesday indicated that the Defense Department needs to complete the review of its European footprint now under way before Congress could approve a domestic base-closing exercise. “I think it’s very difficult for this body to even consider undertaking a domestic BRAC round without a full consideration of which bases could be consolidated and/or closed overseas, given that the interest has always [been] to have domestic capacity foremost,” said the subcommittee’s ranking member, Kelly Ayotte …

Pentagon Not Waiting for Next BRAC, DOD Official Says

  • April 24, 2013
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Defense officials are considering approaches beyond BRAC to reduce the department’s infrastructure costs, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told lawmakers Wednesday. “We’re not sitting idle waiting for BRAC; that’s why we kicked off the European round already,” he told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee …

Senate Readiness Panel Remains Skeptical of Need for BRAC

  • April 24, 2013
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For anyone who’s followed Congress’ response to the Obama administration’s request to hold a new base closure round in 2015, Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee must have brought on a sense of déjà vu. Like last month’s hearing on the House side, the panel’s chairman and ranking member each voiced their opposition to a new BRAC round during their opening statements. Subcommittee Chair Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) reminded the DOD witnesses that she opposed the administration’s request last year for two rounds and declared that nothing has changed since then …

Spending Cuts May Force Decision on BRAC, Donley Says

  • April 23, 2013
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Funding constraints are causing the Air Force to curtail training for 13 fighter and bomber squadrons through the end of the fiscal year, but belt-tightening may help the Air Force reach one of its long-term goals, paring down its portfolio of bases. “It’s a significant forcing function,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Tuesday of one benefit of dealing with spending cuts …

Obama Support Needed for BRAC to Go Ahead, Staffers Say

  • April 23, 2013
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The only way Congress authorizes a new BRAC round in 2015 is if President Obama threatens to veto any defense authorization bill that does not include it, several Capitol Hill staffers have told Foreign Policy magazine’s E-Ring blog. “Unless the White House is willing to put its own political capital on the line for a BRAC round, which they definitely did not do last year, we’ve probably heard the last of a BRAC round in this bill cycle,” a House Armed Services Committee staffer told the publication …

Army Already Consolidating European Basing, Hammack Says

  • April 22, 2013
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One argument lawmakers have made to counter the administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round is that the Defense Department first should review its overseas infrastructure before scrutinizing its domestic real estate. The Army already is in the midst of an effort to consolidate its European footprint, points out Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. The service is on pace to reduce its force structure in Europe by more than 45 percent by the end of 2016 …

Navy to Transfer NSA New Orleans to Local Board

  • April 22, 2013
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The Navy is planning to transferring 149 acres at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans next month to the Algiers Development District, one of two local groups with primary responsibility for leading the Federal City project at the site on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Last October, the board of the Algiers Development District and the New Orleans Federal Alliance, the group that had spearheaded the effort to redevelop the Navy property, reached agreement to form the Joint Development Committee to govern the public-private development …

Effort to Create Military Task Force Dies in Montana Legislature

  • April 21, 2013
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Legislation to create a statewide task force to prepare Montana for a future BRAC round was struck down last week in the state Senate despite apparent support. The bill, which would have created a military strategic and economic impact task force, passed the House last month. A Senate committee held a hearing on the measure, but Democratic leadership in the legislature ultimately tabled it, reported the Great Falls Tribune …

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