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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Compromise BRAC Language Voted Down in Committee

  • June 5, 2013
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In a vote that triggered an animated discussion, the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would have allowed the Pentagon to begin planning for a new round of base closures without scheduling a new BRAC process, however. The provision would have reversed language in the annual policy bill barring the department from planning for an additional BRAC round, but at the same time, it would have prohibited DOD from launching a new round in 2014 or 2015 …

Senator Lent a Hand to Reuse of Kansas Ammunition Plant

  • June 4, 2013
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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) waged a seven-year battle with the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency to overcome separate roadblocks to the effort by the Great Plains Development Authority to recover from the closure of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant following the 2005 round of BRAC. Without the third-term senator’s tenacity in pressing top federal officials to move the authority’s application for an economic development conveyance ahead, the LRA’s seven-year saga to obtain more than half of the property for redevelopment may never have ended …

Air Force Loses Installations Veteran Robert Moore

  • June 4, 2013
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Robert Moore, director of the Installations Directorate at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio, passed away June 3 at his home, the agency reported. Moore served as the director of the Air Force Real Property Agency from 2008 until Oct. 1, 2012, when it merged into AFCEC. He spent more than half of his 30-year career at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, which later became Air Combat Command, at Langley AFB, Va., before performing Air Force-level civil engineering work at the Pentagon from 2000-2008 …

Navy Returns NAS Alameda Property to City

  • June 4, 2013
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Sixteen years after Naval Air Station Alameda closed, the city of Alameda has obtained 1,379 acres of the base from the Navy, including 509 acres of land and 870 acres of submerged property at the site on San Francisco Bay. “This has been a long time coming and we’re incredibly excited that we can finally move forward with the development of Alameda Point,” said Mayor Marie Gilmore. The transfer would be the first of four from the Navy at Alameda Point under a no-cost economic development conveyance. The city’s reuse plan calls for about 1,425 homes and 5.5 million square feet of commercial space, reported CBS News.

House Adds BRAC Prohibition to Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 4, 2013
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The House approved language barring the Pentagon from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new base closure round during its debate Tuesday over the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), parallels language in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill. The ban is needed to ensure “the limited resources we have are used to address current mission and readiness needs …

House Armed Services Releases Chairman’s Mark for Authorization Bill

  • June 3, 2013
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As expected, the chairman’s mark for the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill bars DOD from proposing, planning or initiating a new round of BRAC, echoing the prohibition in the portion of the annual policy bill marked up by the House Armed Services’ Readiness subcommittee last month. The bill rejects the department’s other belt-tightening measures as well, including new healthcare fees and the smaller military pay raise included in the administration’s budget request …

Think Tanks Implore Policymakers to Approve BRAC, Other Budget Reforms

  • June 3, 2013
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Launching a new base closure round would be a critical first step in helping the Pentagon address the spending pressures threatening the long-term viability of the nation’s security, according to a letter published Monday by a group of 10 think tanks spanning the ideological spectrum. “It is our shared belief that the Department of Defense urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities, reexamine the size and structure of the DOD civilian workforce, and reform military compensation,” stated the letter signed by 25 analysts from organizations including the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center and the Brookings Institution …

In Wake of KC-46A Basing Decision, Spokane Leaders Focus on Next BRAC

  • June 2, 2013
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The enormous disappointment over last month’s decision by the Air Force not to select Fairchild Air Force Base as the main operating base for its next generation refueling tanker has prompted officials in Eastern Washington to shift their focus to the possibility of a new BRAC round. But one issue leaders believed would put the Spokane-area installation at a disadvantage did not factor into the Air Force’s basing decision for the KC-46A — the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a casino and resort under the path of training flights from Fairchild …

Ft. Monroe Transfer Not Yet Final

  • May 30, 2013
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The Army has sent the necessary documents to the Virginia attorney general’s office to convey 313 acres at the former Fort Monroe to the commonwealth, but the transfer won’t occur until Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signs off on it. Since a surprise announcement two months ago, the Army has been pointing to May 28 to complete the transfer. The Army created a 60-day transition period “to make sure buildings are maintained, and to provide a smooth and orderly transition to state of Virginia’s management …

Think Tanks Look to BRAC to Cope with Deep Spending Cuts

  • May 29, 2013
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Four Washington think tanks faced with the challenge of preparing 10-year defense budgets under sequestration included funding to carry out additional base closures despite the lack of a short-term payoff. “At some point, it begins to get even too silly for Congress not to do BRAC,” said Clark Murdock, who led the team from the Center for Strategic and International Studies …

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