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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

City Taps Five Big Name Firms to Vie for Walter Reed Reuse

  • April 30, 2013
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The District of Columbia has selected five prominent development teams to compete to become the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington. Officials had received responses to its request for qualifications from a total of nine firms, the city announced in March. The short-listed candidates will be asked to respond to a request for proposals issued later this month …

Army Needs BRAC Now, McHugh Says

  • April 30, 2013
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The Army is spending millions of dollars on installations that are “simply unusable” as the cost of upkeep for antiquated facilities climbs exorbitantly, Secretary John McHugh told reporters Tuesday. As the Army struggles to absorb deep spending cuts, eliminating unneeded installations would provide it with funds that could be used elsewhere. McHugh told reporters that he supports the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, reported the Hill. The secretary acknowledged the political perils that await anyone who supports another round of base closures and agreed that shuttering a large post could be harmful to the local economy. But the “highly effective use” of BRAC could generate a significant savings for DOD, he said.

Developer to Purchase Former Navy Hotel, Housing at Brunswick NAS

  • April 28, 2013
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A local developer plans to lease the hotel and bachelor housing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, to the Navy to house sailors assigned to nearby Bath Iron Works. George Schott has agreed to purchase the 248-room hotel and 190 bachelor apartments for $6 million, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Bangor Daily News. Scott previously purchased about 700 units of former housing at the air station, now renamed Brunswick Landing. The LRA initially hoped the former Navy hotel could continue to be operated as a hotel, but a feasibility study concluded the community could not support it. “The fact that [Schott] is going to use [the housing] for what it was initially designed for — to support sailors — is fine with us,” Levesque said.

House Armed Services Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill next Month

  • April 25, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC policy and other installation-related matters, will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill on May 23, the full committee announced Thursday. The committee’s other five subcommittees will mark up their sections of the annual policy bill from May 22-23. The full committee will mark up the legislation on June 5. All of the House markups will be open and streamed live on the web …

Overseas Review Prerequisite for BRAC Authorization, Committee Indicates

  • April 25, 2013
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In addition to citing multiple reasons why it’s not the right time to go ahead with another round of base closures, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Wednesday indicated that the Defense Department needs to complete the review of its European footprint now under way before Congress could approve a domestic base-closing exercise. “I think it’s very difficult for this body to even consider undertaking a domestic BRAC round without a full consideration of which bases could be consolidated and/or closed overseas, given that the interest has always [been] to have domestic capacity foremost,” said the subcommittee’s ranking member, Kelly Ayotte …

Pentagon Not Waiting for Next BRAC, DOD Official Says

  • April 24, 2013
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Defense officials are considering approaches beyond BRAC to reduce the department’s infrastructure costs, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told lawmakers Wednesday. “We’re not sitting idle waiting for BRAC; that’s why we kicked off the European round already,” he told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee …

Senate Readiness Panel Remains Skeptical of Need for BRAC

  • April 24, 2013
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For anyone who’s followed Congress’ response to the Obama administration’s request to hold a new base closure round in 2015, Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee must have brought on a sense of déjà vu. Like last month’s hearing on the House side, the panel’s chairman and ranking member each voiced their opposition to a new BRAC round during their opening statements. Subcommittee Chair Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) reminded the DOD witnesses that she opposed the administration’s request last year for two rounds and declared that nothing has changed since then …

Spending Cuts May Force Decision on BRAC, Donley Says

  • April 23, 2013
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Funding constraints are causing the Air Force to curtail training for 13 fighter and bomber squadrons through the end of the fiscal year, but belt-tightening may help the Air Force reach one of its long-term goals, paring down its portfolio of bases. “It’s a significant forcing function,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Tuesday of one benefit of dealing with spending cuts …

Obama Support Needed for BRAC to Go Ahead, Staffers Say

  • April 23, 2013
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The only way Congress authorizes a new BRAC round in 2015 is if President Obama threatens to veto any defense authorization bill that does not include it, several Capitol Hill staffers have told Foreign Policy magazine’s E-Ring blog. “Unless the White House is willing to put its own political capital on the line for a BRAC round, which they definitely did not do last year, we’ve probably heard the last of a BRAC round in this bill cycle,” a House Armed Services Committee staffer told the publication …

Army Already Consolidating European Basing, Hammack Says

  • April 22, 2013
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One argument lawmakers have made to counter the administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round is that the Defense Department first should review its overseas infrastructure before scrutinizing its domestic real estate. The Army already is in the midst of an effort to consolidate its European footprint, points out Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. The service is on pace to reduce its force structure in Europe by more than 45 percent by the end of 2016 …

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