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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Conventional Wisdom on Prospects for BRAC May Be Off, Expert Says

  • April 7, 2014
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Congress is closer to approving the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 than commonly believed, according to a commentary published Monday in Defense News. “Even as many House and Senate Armed Services committee members vow to block a BRAC round, other members are quietly indicating possible support for a 2017 BRAC round,” writes Barry Rhoads, co-chairman of Cassidy & Associates. Two key reasons are the military’s rapidly declining force structure and its worsening budget situation …

Study on European Basing Consolidation Nears Completion

  • April 6, 2014
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The Pentagon’s comprehensive review of its European infrastructure, an initiative to create long-term savings by closing facilities and consolidating operations, is expected to be completed later this spring, the department’s top installations official testified last week. Officials had planned on finishing the analysis by the end of 2013, but the effort fell behind schedule as a result of the challenging nature of the “holistic, joint review,” employee furloughs and other constraints …

DOD Shouldn’t Attempt to Bypass BRAC, Armed Services Chair Warns

  • April 3, 2014
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Senate Democrats on Thursday forcefully warned the Defense Department against any attempt to close or realign installations outside of a BRAC round, reported the Hill. “If our Army or any of the other services proposes something in the budget which is not compliant with the BRAC process, in other words front-running the BRAC process, it will be triply difficult to get a BRAC process going,” Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Army Secretary John McHugh during his panel’s hearing on the service’s fiscal 2015 budget request …

Senate Panel Reiterates Opposition to BRAC Request

  • April 2, 2014
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The top two lawmakers on Senate Armed Services’ readiness subcommittee on Wednesday pushed back against the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC in 2017, repeating past criticism about the cost of the last round while questioning DOD’s contention that is has significant excess capacity. Subcommittee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and ranking member Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both opposed the department’s request last year for a new round and their stance seems to have changed very little since then …

New York Adds $2M to FY 2014-15 Budget for Base Retention

  • April 1, 2014
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New York added $2 million to its 2014-2015 budget for base retention, a fund that primarily will benefit Fort Drum as the Pentagon pushes to hold a new round of base closures in 2017. “It’s a very good showing from the state, that they’re aware of the significance of the events that are starting to unfold, and the fact they have to put a lot of effort into preserving what we have,” said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

Alabama Congressman Wonders if BRAC Would Benefit Huntsville in Future

  • April 1, 2014
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Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding region of Huntsville, Ala., was one of the big winners in the 2005 round of BRAC, but Rep. Mo Brooks (R) warned a local audience that the area might not be so fortunate next time. “There are a lot of folks who would love to be able to take that job that’s at Redstone Arsenal and move it and they see BRAC as a way to do that,” Brooks told attendees Monday at a Washington update hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

Air Force Hits Goal for Awarding Performance-Based Cleanup Contracts at BRAC Sites

  • March 30, 2014
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has met its initial target for awarding performance-based contracts to clean up BRAC sites, after awarding a $42.6 million contract to accelerate remediation at the former Galena Forward Operating Location in Alaska. AFCEC’s goal was to have 95 percent of all BRAC sites under a performance-based remediation (PBR) contract by the end of 2014. Galena, located in west central Alaska, is the service’s 24th and final BRAC installation covered under a PBR contract. In total, the agency has awarded nearly $360 million in PBR contracts, encompassing 626 sites across 29 former bases …

Army to Transfer Large Parcel to Ft. Gillem LRA Shortly

  • March 30, 2014
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The Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA is preparing to take possession of 778 acres at the former post located outside of Atlanta as early as May 2. The authority is planning to hold a ceremony for the closing on that date and has invited Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, reported the Clayton Daily News. The Army could convey more property to the LRA before the end of the year. The Army is planning to transfer a parcel that still is contaminated under an early transfer …

Lt. Governor Tours Reserve Bases across Pennsylvania

  • March 27, 2014
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley visited several military installations in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, including the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, as part of a statewide tour by the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. Cawley chairs the panel, which Gov. Tom Corbett (R) established in 2012 to promote the state’s military facilities and track federal actions affecting them …

Airport to Invest in Project to Preserve West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • March 27, 2014
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Local airport officials in Kanawha County, W.Va., agreed this week to invest $1.5 million over 10 years to help construct a bridge intended to secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The vote by the Yeager Airport’s board represents the last county entity needed to approve funding for the project, reported the Charleston Gazette. Last year, Kanawha County agreed to fund one-third of the bridge’s $6.2 million construction cost. The state also is contributing to the project …

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