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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Texas Communities Await Verdict on Sequestration, Army Downsizing

  • April 6, 2015
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Local officials throughout Texas are increasingly alarmed about the prospect that stringent caps on Pentagon spending first imposed in 2013 will remain in place through the end of the decade. Already, defense communities in Texas have been hurt by the furlough of civilian workers, the loss of active-duty personnel and attrition in civilian personnel, reported the San Antonio Express-News. On the immediate horizon is an Army determination expected this summer on how it will allocate the elimination of up to 70,000 active-duty troops by fiscal 2020. Forts Hood and Bliss, and Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston potentially could lose thousands of soldiers and civilian workers, but advocates for each of those posts believe the strong level of support provided by their host communities should shield them from the worst cuts …

Presidio Solicits Input from San Francisco Residents on New Park

  • April 6, 2015
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The Presidio Trust last month began gathering public input about alternative designs for transforming the former San Francisco installation by creating an unbroken landscape from the main post of the historic Army installation to Crissy Field and San Francisco Bay. The “New Presidio Parklands,” a 13-acre tract, is being made possible by the construction of a bluff to cover the rebuilt Doyle Drive which runs through the Presidio connecting San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. The trust views the project as a starting point for visiting the Presidio and the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, reported the San Francisco Chronicle …

House Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill in Two Weeks

  • April 5, 2015
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Six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee will mark up their portions of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill from April 22-23, with the full committee markup scheduled for April 29. The Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for installation policy including BRAC, will mark up its portion of the annual policy bill on April 22 at 4 p.m. All of the markups will be streamed live on the committee’s YouTube Channel, according to the committee’s announcement. The committee will post draft bills for each subcommittee and the full committee on its website prior to the markups. Last month, Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the legislation is scheduled to go to the House floor in mid-May.

Parkway Extension Requires Public Investment, SouthField Developer Says

  • April 1, 2015
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The master developer for the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth is pressing the commonwealth of Massachusetts to spend between $20 million and $40 million to extend an access road through the reuse project. A deal to fund the road would position the long-troubled redevelopment, called SouthField, to attract commercial development as the region’s real estate market heats up. Extending the road to Route 18 would create a more welcoming entrance and ease access to the property, say officials with Starwood Land Ventures. The developer, though, has indicated it would pull out of the reuse in the absence of state funding, reported the Boston Globe …

Grissom Prepared for Takeoff

  • April 1, 2015
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The newly formed Grissom Regional Defense Alliance has declared that the active and redevelopment missions at the north-central Indiana site are ready to grow. Grissom Air Reserve Base is prepared to take on more military personnel, while Grissom Aeroplex, the business park adjacent to the base, is poised to attract major defense and aerospace companies. The alliance was formed last month as a subcommittee of the Miami County Economic Development Authority. The alliance has started a campaign to increase activity at the base and the business park that could transform the area into a bigger economic powerhouse …

Personnel, Spending Cuts Hurt Army Communities, Halverson Says

  • March 31, 2015
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Budget uncertainties resulting from stringent spending caps are hurting defense communities, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management and commander of the Army’s Installation Management Command, testified on Capitol Hill last month. “Current funding requires installations to scale back or cancel service contracts that employ people in local communities and requiring installations to work with commanders to use special duty assignments to support installation services and programs,” Halverson told the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee …

SunCal Revives Redevelopment at former Oak Knoll Hospital

  • March 30, 2015
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Seven years after plans to redevelop the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland foundered, Irvine, Calif.-based SunCal has filed plans for a mixed-use development on the 187-acre site. SunCal acquired the hospital campus in partnership with Lehman Brothers for $100.5 million from the federal government in 2005, reported the San Francisco Business Times. Progress stalled, however, after Lehman filed for bankruptcy in 2008. SunCal paid $76 million to purchase the property from Lehman last year …

DOD Should Consider Trimming Civilian Workforce to Generate Savings, Defense Analysts Say

  • March 22, 2015
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One area the Pentagon should target to slash spending is its civilian workforce, four defense analysts said March 16 at a Cato Institute forum. The number of civilian workers has grown since 2009, even as the size of the armed forces has been shrinking, said Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The Pentagon has not kept good records of the number of civilian workers it has, Eaglen pointed out, making it difficult to craft plans to roll back the size of the workforce. Conducting a round of base closures would be another way to find budget savings, the experts said …

Further Study Required of Army Plan to Abandon Indiana Firing Range, EPA Says

  • March 22, 2015
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Environmental Protection Agency officials are asking the Army to assess the costs and benefits of its plan to suspend environmental monitoring at the former Jefferson Proving Ground in southern Indiana, a repository of more than 160,000 pounds of depleted-uranium shell fragments along with millions of unexploded conventional shells, live detonators, primers and fuses. The Army also is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to terminate its license for the site. The service has proposed placing land use restrictions on the range, including fencing off contaminated areas, reported the Courier-Journal. The Army has said it spends about $150,000 annually to monitor the site …

Niagara Officials Unveil Marketing Campaign for Air Station

  • March 19, 2015
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Niagara County, N.Y., officials kicked off a campaign last week to promote Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in an effort to shield the base from potential closure. The campaign, which features two videos, is branding the air station as “Joint Base Niagara” to highlight the multiple missions it hosts for other services along with opportunities to expand into new mission areas. The campaign is a joint effort between county officials and the Niagara Military Affairs Council that relied on a $300,000 base retention grant from the state …

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