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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Offshore Drilling Would Not Threaten Hampton Roads Bases, Virginia Lawmakers Say

  • June 30, 2013
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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) and Rep. Scott Rigell (R) say drilling for oil or gas off the state’s coast would not jeopardize the defense presence in Hampton Roads and maintain that energy exploration can be conducted in tandem with military operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. The issue is coming to a head as Congress is considering legislation to lift a federal moratorium on drilling off Virginia’s coast. On Friday, the House passed the Off Shore Energy and Jobs Act, which would open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to drilling …

Pentagon Uncertain How to Interpret Provision Added to Base Closure Statute

  • June 30, 2013
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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals an interesting split among attorneys from the office of the secretary of defense and the military services over the interpretation of a provision added in January to the statute DOD must follow to close or realign bases when a BRAC round is not in force. The fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill added language to the statute barring the department from closing or realigning an installation within five years after the date on which a decision is made to reduce the number of authorized civilian personnel …

Authorization Bill Reveals Text of Amendment Blocking BRAC

  • June 28, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee released the text of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it passed earlier this month, revealing the exact language of the amendment blocking DOD from carrying out any additional base closure rounds. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), would bar future base closure rounds from going ahead until DOD completes an updated review of its overseas bases …

Bill Would Establish $177M Fund for Capital Projects at Massachusetts Military Bases

  • June 27, 2013
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A $177 million bond bill backed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to fund capital projects at six military installations in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. The measure was approved by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday and next will go to the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets or Ways and Means …

GAO Report Explains DOD’s Authority to Close, Realign Bases outside of BRAC

  • June 27, 2013
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Defense communities anxious over the potential for DOD to close or realign installations outside of a BRAC round should read a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that carefully explains the statutory authority the department must follow to carry out realignments in such cases. The report includes a flow chart describing the various permutations that can arise in following that statute, 10 U.S.C. Sec. 2687. It essentially requires the defense secretary to give Congress 60 days to review proposed actions meeting certain thresholds …

Christie Creates Task Force to Strengthen Military Presence in New Jersey

  • June 25, 2013
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has established a five-person task force responsible for issuing recommendations to preserve, enhance and strengthen the state’s military installations, according to an executive order he signed earlier this month. The Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force will consist of the adjutant general of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the CEO of the state Economic Development Authority, the president and CEO of Choose New Jersey, a former member of the state’s congressional delegation and a civilian member to be selected by the panel …

There is a Way to Jump Start a New BRAC Round, Former DOD Official Says

  • June 25, 2013
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One way the Pentagon could spur Congress to agree to hold another base closure round is to publicly release a list of bases it would close if it could, a strategy DOD relied on to build momentum to create the BRAC process more than 25 years ago, Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, writes in a commentary in the Hill. After President Reagan began his second term in 1985, the department faced a similar crisis as it does today, with a mandate to slash spending. Senate Armed Services Chairman Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and Korb, then the assistant secretary of defense, came up with the idea of releasing a list of excess bases after Korb explained the difficulty of closing an installation under existing laws …

Army Drawdown Unlikely to Prompt Base Closures, Levin Says

  • June 25, 2013
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The Army could get by with fewer installations after its active-duty end strength drops to 490,000, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno indicated Tuesday, but Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he didn’t think the Army’s plan to rebalance its force structure will prompt lawmakers to approve a new round of base closures. “That is not what I understand the purpose or intent is … [and] I do not think they will have that effect,” Levin told reporters …

Brunswick LRA Promotes Economic Development through Loan Fund

  • June 24, 2013
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The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority doubled the size of a loan fund it created to help prospective and current tenants at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park improve existing facilities and to support their working capital needs, the LRA announced last week. The authority’s partnership with a community bank based in Maine will allow it to leverage its own funds to lend up to $1 million to tenants at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick …

Could Joint Basing Generate More Savings, Senate Committee Wonders

  • June 24, 2013
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The deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment would be required to assess the potential for the joint basing initiative to produce additional savings through “more rigorous management and streamlined administration of joint bases,” under a provision in the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month. The provision follows a Government Accountability Office conclusion that the estimated, 20-year savings for the initiative have fallen by nearly 90 percent from $2.3 billion to $249 million …

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