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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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.

Witnesses Reveal No News on Pentagon’s BRAC Intentions

  • March 14, 2013
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Because the White House has not yet delivered its fiscal 2014 budget request, the Pentagon witnesses at Thursday’s hearing of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee were able to argue the merits of holding additional base closure rounds, but they were unable to say whether the administration would be requesting one more rounds as part of the new budget proposal. “We will be treating the administration’s position on future BRAC rounds as pre-decisional,” John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said at the outset of his prepared remarks …

Lawmakers Use Automatic Spending Cuts to Argue against New Closure Round

  • March 14, 2013
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It came as no surprise during Thursday’s hearing of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee that Republicans and Democrats both were adamantly opposed to a looming request from the Pentagon to hold one or more new BRAC rounds. Possibly the only reason to think the mood in Congress had changed since lawmakers last year rejected the administration’s request for two rounds is the arrival of sequestration. The administration’s primary argument to revisit the issue is that a scaling back of force structure …

Committee Pounds Administration’s Anticipated Request for New BRAC Rounds

  • March 14, 2013
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If Congress is going to authorize one or more base closure rounds in this year’s defense authorization bill, a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday made clear that it won’t come as a result of support from the House subcommittee responsible for launching a new BRAC. Reiterating many of the same arguments used last year to rebuff the administration’s request for two new rounds, both Republican and Democratic members of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee openly criticized the Pentagon’s arguments to hold a BRAC round …

Dayton Group Prepares Wright-Patterson for Next BRAC

  • March 13, 2013
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Looming base closures rounds in the coming years offer Dayton and the surrounding region the possibility of tremendous gains at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, along with potential risks for the local economy, officials from the Dayton Development Coalition said at a forum on Wednesday. Based on past BRAC rounds, the Springfield Air National Guard base, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Business and Enterprise Directorate, and Air Force Material Command logistics and operations staff could be at risk for reductions or closure …

Hearing Intended to ‘Get Out Front’ on Potential for BRAC, Readiness Chairman Says

  • March 12, 2013
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This week’s hearing by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on the justification for a new base closure round is needed to explore “the pros and cons of a BRAC round in this budgetary and strategic environment,” according to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), the panel’s new chairman. In a written statement Wittman’s office provided 360, the congressman does not say whether he would support or oppose the Pentagon’s anticipated request for new base closure rounds, but said the hearing allows the committee “to get out front” on the question of whether a new BRAC round is necessary …

Munitions Contractor Agrees to Continue Operations at Closed Kansas Ammo Plant

  • March 11, 2013
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After more than seven years of negotiations with the Army, the munitions manufacturer at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant on Saturday accepted the Army’s terms for purchasing 4,112 acres at the site, allowing it to continue operating the plant and preserving the jobs of 150 employees. The move provides a tremendous boost for Labette County in southeastern Kansas, which had been bracing to lose the company’s operation when negotiations over the sale came to a halt earlier this year. At that point, the Army gave Day & Zimmermann until July 31 to suspend operations and vacate the property …

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