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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Lawmakers Question Success of Joint Basing Initiative

  • May 24, 2013
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Due to concerns that DOD’s joint basing initiative has not generated the savings initially projected, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is requesting the Government Accountability Office to determine whether the effort has created efficiencies in installation support, according to report language it drafted to accompany the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation …

Has Pentagon Reduced Reliance on Leased Space, Panel Asks

  • May 22, 2013
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One of the Pentagon’s objectives in the previous round of BRAC was to reduce its use of leased space, particularly in the Washington metro area. Recommendations directing DOD offices to move from leased space to DOD-owned facilities, primarily installations, were intended to save money and ensure DOD activities occupied facilities meeting anti-terrorism/force protection standards. Since the conclusion of the 2005 round, however, the department has continued to rely on leased space …

Authorization Bill Language Would Put Kibosh on BRAC

  • May 22, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee went one step further than it did last year in rejecting the Pentagon’s request for two base closure rounds. Rather than simply ignoring this year’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, the panel included language in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up Thursday precluding the department from using FY 2014 appropriations “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round …

Navy Completes Transfer of Federal City Property

  • May 21, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday transferred 118 acres at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans to the Algiers Development District, one of two local groups leading the Federal City project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Algiers district had signed a lease with the Navy for the site in 2008 and due to a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, it was designated to take ownership of the property from the Navy. The property contains 51 buildings, nine of which are considered historic …

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