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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Project at Former Griffiss AFB Facing Double Blow from Sequester

  • March 10, 2013
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Aviation businesses at the Griffith Business and Technology Park, the reuse project at the former base in Upstate New York, are concerned about the impact of the FAA’s plan to shut down the airport’s air traffic control tower next month. Airport operations will be able to continue, but officials are anxious that some potential airport customers, including the military, will be deterred by the lack of a tower …

Transportation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Promote Commuting Alternatives

  • March 10, 2013
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Leaders in northeastern Maryland and the surrounding region believe a new transportation center opening this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground will help make a dent in traffic congestion at the post by reducing workers’ reliance on single-occupant vehicles. The APG-Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor Transportation Center’s primary goal will be to encourage military and civilian employees of the post’s 90 tenant organizations and nearby defense contractors to consider alternative commuting options, including commuter rail, a private bus line providing service to New Jersey, car and vanpools, and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program …

House Panel to Assess Need for BRAC

  • March 10, 2013
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A hearing by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee this week will provide the first opportunity for the Pentagon and defense communities to see if the mood on Capitol Hill has changed when it comes to granting DOD’s looming request for new base closure rounds. The Obama administration has not yet requested the new rounds yet — it doesn’t plan to deliver its fiscal 2014 budget request until April — but last month then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that the department would request a new round of base closures as part of its budget proposal …

GAO Offers Recommendations for the Next BRAC Round

  • March 7, 2013
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Statutory changes to the BRAC statute could improve congressional oversight of a future base closure round and provide greater assurances that projected costs and savings from specific recommendations are realized, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office. The primary objective of BRAC 2005 was not eliminating excess capacity, but rather transforming the military by realigning base structure to better meet the needs of force structure while fostering jointness among the services. As a result, many recommendations were not expected to produce 20-year net savings, the report found …

VA Project Could Save Alameda Millions in Infrastructure Costs

  • March 6, 2013
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Construction of a health clinic and columbarium by the Department of Veterans Affairs at the former Naval Air Station Alameda will save the city of Alameda $12.5 million in infrastructure costs. The savings will come when the VA builds several roadways and installs water, gas and other utilities for its project at Alameda Point, reported InsideBayArea.com. The city may use the savings to construct a sports complex or to pay for other redevelopment at the former base located on San Francisco Bay. The VA is slated to receive 115 acres at the site; a separate 512-acre parcel will be turned into a refuge for the California least tern.

Sequestration Prompts Virginia Governor to Establish Military Installations Panel

  • March 5, 2013
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell reconstituted the state’s Military Installations and Defense Activities Commission last Friday in response to the start of sequestration which is slated to trim $40-plus billion from defense spending before the end of the fiscal year. The panel will be responsible for assessing the impact on Virginia of the sequester as well as future BRAC activities, and offering recommendations to address those actions …

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