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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Get an Early Look at Progress on Walter Reed Reuse

  • May 28, 2013
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The former Walter Reed Army Medical Center offers District of Columbia officials an unprecedented opportunity to transform several northwest Washington neighborhoods near the D.C.-Maryland border through in-fill development. The city’s reuse plan calls for preserving many of the campus’ historic buildings, while adding a mixed-use redevelopment featuring a town center. The city is rapidly moving ahead with the project; two weeks ago it issued an RFP to its shortlist of five prominent development teams competing to become the master developer for the 67-acre site …

LRA Approves Transfer of Ft. Monroe Acreage

  • May 27, 2013
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In a sharp turn from its position two months ago, the Fort Monroe Authority last week agreed to accept the transfer of 313 acres at the former installation from the Army. If Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs off on the transfer, the property — located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton — could be transferred Tuesday, reported the Daily Press. The conveyance includes the stone fort, Continental Park, Wherry Quarter, and parts of the Historic Village …

Budget Morass Holding Air Force Back, Donley Says

  • May 27, 2013
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The lack of a consensus between the Pentagon and Congress on a range of budget and strategic issues affecting the Air Force, especially changes to its force structure, could jeopardize the effectiveness of the service in the coming decade, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told reporters during his last scheduled news conference. “We need a broader discussion with Congress on the strategic choices we’re going to have to make as a nation to make sure that we retain an effective and capable military and, for us, maintain our role as the best Air Force in the world over the next 10 years …

BRAC Rejection Will Help Ease Readiness Issues, Wittman Suggests

  • May 27, 2013
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Rob Wittman, chair of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, began last week’s markup of his panel’s portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill by highlighting the “readiness shortfalls” of the armed forces primarily caused by the government’s undue focus on deficit reduction. “While the mark represents a good first step toward addressing our readiness challenges, much work remains to be done and the mark won’t completely fix what many have labeled a ‘readiness crisis,’” Wittman said on Thursday. Surprisingly, though, he cited the legislation’s bar on spending by DOD to plan for or carry out a new BRAC round as “one of the provisions that will provide some relief” to the military’s readiness challenges …

Specter of BRAC Keeps K Street Occupied

  • May 24, 2013
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Lobbying revolving around the looming potential for a new BRAC round has emerged as one of the few bright spots for an industry that has experienced a decline in revenue since 2010. The Obama administration’s request this year — along with one last year — for additional base closures has resulted in a spike in new business among the specialized firms that represent states and defense communities trying to keep their regions’ military installations off of a future BRAC list …

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