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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Former Ohio Defense Facility Poised for Growth

  • October 1, 2013
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A major tenant at Kettering Business Park, the reuse project at the former Defense Electronics Supply Center outside of Dayton, Ohio, may be bringing new jobs to the development to support manufacturing operations for Airbus. The aviation hub for the international aircraft manufacturer could move into a vacant, 200,000-square-foot building and potentially require new space to be built, said Lisa Novelli, president of the National Composite Center …

Navy Expected to Hand over East Bank Site in New Orleans Shortly

  • September 25, 2013
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Two years after the Navy shuttered the east bank portion of Naval Support Activity New Orleans, local officials say the city is on the verge of gaining control of the 25-acre site. The two parties are in the “final stages” of negotiations over transfer of the site in Bywater, said Cedric Grant, deputy mayor of New Orleans. The Navy would hand it over at no cost …

German Industry, Municipalities Making Plans for Closed Bases

  • September 25, 2013
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A massive transfer of military properties in Germany is getting under way as the facilities used by that nation’s military, as well as that of Britain and the United States, are turned over. Those nation’s armed forces are scheduled to vacate 143 square miles over the next five years, creating opportunities for manufacturers of cars and solar panels, homebuilders and other uses, reports Bloomberg News. Daimler AG is in talks to purchase a 1,236-acre complex in the Black Forest to build a testing ground for luxury automobiles. BMW plans to build its own R&D center at a former barracks in Munich. Munich has bought bases that it plans to turn into residential neighborhoods, taking advantage of the right of German cities to acquire properties before they’re put on the market. A former U.S. Army complex in Heidelberg will be converted into student housing, according to the story.

Think Tank Offers Recipe to Cut $50B from DOD Budget

  • September 24, 2013
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The Pentagon could slash spending by $50 billion annually, allowing it to satisfy the automatic cuts imposed by the sequester, through a combination of management reforms, reductions in force structure and slowing modernization efforts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Stimson Center. Strategic Agility: Strong National Defense for Today’s Global and Fiscal Realities represents the consensus of Stimson’s 17-member defense advisory committee, made up of senior national security experts and former defense officials. The report includes 10 administrative reforms that are projected to save $22.4 billion in fiscal 2015 …

Alaska Lawmakers Believe Eielson Realignment off the Table

  • September 23, 2013
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Alaska’s two senators are somewhat confident the Air Force will not go ahead with its proposal to shift 21 F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage based on recent conversations with Air Force officials. The latest indication came last week when Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), told an Air Force Association audience that the service has no plans to eliminate any installations in the Asia-Pacific region …

Federal Government to Judge Competing Visions for Moffett Field

  • September 22, 2013
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Four groups have indicated they may offer proposals to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California and possibly continue use of the airfield there. Earlier this year, the General Services Administration in conjunction with NASA sought proposals to use the airfield and three massive hangars, with the major hurdle being the $30 million-plus cost to restore Hangar One …

Installation Support to Drop Sharply from Historic Levels, Odierno Testifies

  • September 22, 2013
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If the spending caps triggered under sequestration continue in fiscal 2014, facilities sustainment will receive only 36 percent of historic funding levels, impairing nearly all support programs for Army installations, according to the written testimony Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno delivered last week to the House Armed Services Committee. Odierno listed municipal, fire and emergency, logistics, facilities engineering and family programs among the affected services. “For example, we will not be able to fund municipal services contracts for custodial, pest control or other services and we will be forced to eliminate nearly all preventative maintenance programs …

Only Half of BRAC 2005 Recommendations Intended to Save Money

  • September 19, 2013
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In remarks delivered last week at an event hosted by the Association of the United States Army, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld took Congress to task for rejecting many of the Pentagon’s cost-cutting initiatives, including carrying out a new base closure round. In trying to counter one of lawmakers’ most popular arguments against another BRAC, he pointed out that only a small part of the much-criticized, one-time, $35 billion cost to implement the 2005 round went toward closing bases …

Willow Grove Redevelopment Slowed after Navy Delays Impact Study

  • September 18, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove may be forced to push back its target for submitting its economic development conveyance (EDC) application after the Navy acknowledged the environmental impact statement (EIS) it is preparing for the installation’s disposal has been delayed. The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority had been planning to submit the application to the Navy to obtain the property’s 862 acres by the end of the calendar year but now it may not be ready until early in 2014 …

Redevelopment Forum to Take Close Look at Keys to Achieving Sustainable Development

  • September 18, 2013
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Successful redevelopment projects, whether on a former military base or a large urban infill project, rely on a careful balancing of a variety of possible alternatives, including upgrading infrastructure, leasing existing facilities, new development, historic preservation and maintaining open space. Allocate your effort and resources effectively and you may achieve the ultimate goal — sustainable growth …

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