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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Air Guard Wing at Willow Grove Gets Drone Mission

  • March 20, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located at Horsham Air Guard Station, will take on ground control for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system starting Oct. 1, officials announced Wednesday. The new mission for the 111th helps make up for the loss of the unit’s A-10 fighter jets, which were realigned following the 2005 round of base closures. The wing will add a total of 250 military and civilian jobs, including about 75 full-time jobs, reported the Morning Call. Sequestration could delay the new mission from going ahead, though, as the base currently has a hiring freeze, said a spokesman. The Air Guard station is located at the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove in suburban Philadelphia.

Pentagon Leadership Pushes Case for BRAC

  • March 20, 2013
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In separate remarks this week about how the military is coping with deep spending cuts, senior defense leaders said closing unneeded bases is one necessary component to putting DOD’s budget on a sustainable path. During remarks Wednesday, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, said the department’s inventory of installations is a fixed cost that it no longer can afford. “We didn’t get rid of nearly all of our excess capacity in the first three rounds of [BRAC], so there’s more to be done there and money to be saved …

Cleanup at NAS South Weymouth Advances toward Finish Line

  • March 19, 2013
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The Navy is still cleaning up the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth 16 years after the installation located outside of Boston closed, but officials believe the effort could be completed in about three years. So far, the Navy has spent $66 million on the effort and it estimates finishing the job will require an additional $25 million, reported the Boston Globe. While remediation could be completed in 2016, monitoring will be required at some sites for decades …

Better to Conduct BRAC Sooner Rather than Later, Principi Says

  • March 19, 2013
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Defense communities generally would be better off if the Pentagon launched a base closure round sooner rather than waiting, due to the threat that the services would try to conduct a “backdoor BRAC” in the absence of a scheduled round and because of the benefits the BRAC process provides communities, Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, said in a recent interview. If no BRAC round is on the horizon, the services may try to trim the number of civilians or realign military personnel at some installations, as long as they don’t exceed statutory limits on such changes …

Texas Needs to Support its Defense Communities before Next BRAC, Official Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The lack of a state-led program in Texas to prepare its 15 military installations for future BRAC rounds leaves its defense communities at a disadvantage compared to other states, according to a commentary in the Corpus Christi Caller. Last week, Capt. Rob Bennett, commanding officer at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth and chair of the Texas Commanders Council, told the Veterans and Military Installations Committee of the Texas Senate that the state’s focus has been reactive, providing funds for communities hurt by base realignments and closures …

Navy, State Break Ground on Dive Locker at Groton Sub Base

  • March 18, 2013
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The Connecticut’s Office of Military Affairs participated in a groundbreaking earlier this month at Naval Submarine Base New London for a $3.5 million diver support facility paid for by the state. The dive locker, which will replace an existing facility that is almost 100 years old, is the latest in a handful of projects the state has funded at the submarine base in recent years to strengthen its standing in a future BRAC round …

Improved Industrial Efficiency Contributing to Excess Infrastructure, Hammack Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The Pentagon’s plan to shrink the Army’s active duty end strength from 570,00 soldiers in fiscal 2010 to 490,000 soldiers by FY 2017, along with possibility of greater reductions forced by sequestration, are the primary drivers behind the service’s argument that it needs a base closure round to trim excess capacity. But in her testimony delivered last week to the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, also cited improvements in the efficiency of the service’s industrial base as another factor driving the Army’s need for a smaller footprint …

Federal Agencies Directed to Streamline Real Estate Inventories

  • March 17, 2013
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The Office of Management and Budget is imposing a “Freeze the Footprint” policy on federal agencies designed to restrict the growth in their office and warehouse space. To avoid a net increase in their real property assets, compared to a fiscal 2012 baseline, agencies will be encouraged to pursue more co-locations and consolidations while selling off unneeded properties …

Pentagon Reviewing ‘Footprint’ in Europe

  • March 17, 2013
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Defense officials are conducting a comprehensive assessment of DOD’s European infrastructure with the goal of consolidating the military footprint to trim expenses. Options developed through the “BRAC-like” process, which then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta initiated in January, are scheduled to be completed for consideration by Panetta’s successor, Chuck Hagel, before the end of the calendar year …

Montana Considers Panel to Preserve Military Presence

  • March 15, 2013
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A Montana lawmaker is proposing the state establish a task force to protect and expand military missions in the state. The sponsor of House Bill 579 is State Rep. Roger Hagan, who represents Great Falls, the home of Malmstrom Air Force Base. Other states already have created task forces, and Montana’s lack of one could hurt the state in the event of a BRAC round, according to the bill. The House State Administration Committee has not yet voted on the legislation, reported the Billings Gazette.

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