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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

There is a Way to Jump Start a New BRAC Round, Former DOD Official Says

  • June 25, 2013
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One way the Pentagon could spur Congress to agree to hold another base closure round is to publicly release a list of bases it would close if it could, a strategy DOD relied on to build momentum to create the BRAC process more than 25 years ago, Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, writes in a commentary in the Hill. After President Reagan began his second term in 1985, the department faced a similar crisis as it does today, with a mandate to slash spending. Senate Armed Services Chairman Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and Korb, then the assistant secretary of defense, came up with the idea of releasing a list of excess bases after Korb explained the difficulty of closing an installation under existing laws …

Army Drawdown Unlikely to Prompt Base Closures, Levin Says

  • June 25, 2013
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The Army could get by with fewer installations after its active-duty end strength drops to 490,000, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno indicated Tuesday, but Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he didn’t think the Army’s plan to rebalance its force structure will prompt lawmakers to approve a new round of base closures. “That is not what I understand the purpose or intent is … [and] I do not think they will have that effect,” Levin told reporters …

Brunswick LRA Promotes Economic Development through Loan Fund

  • June 24, 2013
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The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority doubled the size of a loan fund it created to help prospective and current tenants at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park improve existing facilities and to support their working capital needs, the LRA announced last week. The authority’s partnership with a community bank based in Maine will allow it to leverage its own funds to lend up to $1 million to tenants at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick …

Could Joint Basing Generate More Savings, Senate Committee Wonders

  • June 24, 2013
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The deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment would be required to assess the potential for the joint basing initiative to produce additional savings through “more rigorous management and streamlined administration of joint bases,” under a provision in the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month. The provision follows a Government Accountability Office conclusion that the estimated, 20-year savings for the initiative have fallen by nearly 90 percent from $2.3 billion to $249 million …

City Council Votes to Dissolve Bayonne LRA

  • June 23, 2013
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The Bayonne (N.J.) City Council last week voted to abolish the city authority responsible for realizing an ambitious plan to turn the former 432-acre Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne into an upscale, mixed-use development. The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority’s mission had been greatly scaled back since the city sold a large chunk of the one-mile-long strip of land jutting into New York Harbor to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey …

Navy Stands apart on BRAC, Shared Services

  • June 23, 2013
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It’s not quite like Goldilocks and the Three Bears — the Army and Navy both believe their infrastructure is too large. But for the Navy, it’s just right. At the Defense Communities National Summit earlier this month, Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s acting assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, drew a sharp distinction between recent trends facing the Army and the Air Force, and the Navy. While the force structure of the other two services has declined since the last base closure round, or is slated to, the Navy’s has not …

It’s Not Entirely Clear How Much Excess Capacity Exists in DOD, GAO Finds

  • June 20, 2013
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It is difficult to evaluate the accuracy of the Pentagon’s estimate that about 20 percent excess capacity remains since the end of BRAC 2005 due to a number of limitations in the methods DOD uses to estimate its surplus property outside of a base closure round, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DOD has recently stated that it has 20 percent excess capacity based on calculations conducted in 2004 and 2005. GAO found, however, that the calculation combined figures expressing different measures …

Cruz Explains Amendment Blocking BRAC

  • June 19, 2013
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In light of recent reports describing questionable expenditures on overseas military bases, the Pentagon needs to curtail spending on those facilities before reviewing its domestic infrastructure, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said in explaining the amendment he sponsored last week during the Senate Armed Services Committee’s consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. “It is essential that we ensure our nation’s spending on military bases is prioritized appropriately …

Milcon Funding Approved by Senate Panel Exceeds House Recommendation

  • June 18, 2013
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The Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee approved a fiscal 2014 spending measure on Tuesday that would provide $10.7 billion for military construction programs, a figure that falls between the Pentagon’s budget request and the recommendation passed by the House earlier this month. The panel approved the bill following a nine-minute markup that was notable primarily for protests from Republican members over the topline spending level Senate Democrats are planning to use as the basis for the 12 annual spending bills …

House Language Would Require DOD to Consider Community Support before Realigning Bases

  • June 18, 2013
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An amendment to the House’s fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill would require the Pentagon to consider the monetary value of services provided to an installation by its host community before making realignment or closure decisions. When making such decisions, the provision requires the secretary of defense to account for “the value of services, such as schools, libraries, and utilities, as well as land, structures, and access to infrastructure, such as airports and seaports, that are provided by the local community to the military installation and that result in cost savings for the armed forces …

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