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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

House Panel Expected to Avoid DOD Budget-Cutting Initiatives in Policy Bill

  • May 20, 2013
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Lawmakers on the six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee are expected to tackle a number of high-profile issues when then mark up the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill this week — including the military’s handling of sexual assault, women in combat and oversight of drone strikes — but initiatives proposed by the Pentagon to help curb spending likely will be ignored. For starters, the Readiness Subcommittee is almost certain to leave out authorization for a base closure round in 2015 as DOD has requested …

Navy Expected to Transfer Alameda Point Parcel to City Soon

  • May 19, 2013
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The city of Alameda could take possession of a large chunk of the former Naval Air Station Alameda in a matter of weeks, following a vote this week by the City Council to approve the transfer of 509 acres of land and 870 acres of submerged property at the site on San Francisco Bay. The transfer would be the first of four from the Navy at what is now called Alameda Point under a no-cost economic development conveyance …

Army Should Issue Guidance on Facility Maintenance for Closed Bases, GAO Says

  • May 15, 2013
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In many instances following the closure of an Army installation during BRAC 2005, facilities were not maintained adequately to support reuse, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Community officials told the agency that the Army did not always maintain the facilities to their expectations, resulting in facility deterioration …

Bill in California Senate Would Help County Redevelop Castle AFB

  • May 14, 2013
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Merced County would have an easier time selling parcels at the former Castle Air Force Base, under legislation making its way to the floor of the California Senate. The elimination of redevelopment agencies in California in 2011 has prevented the county from directly selling parcels at the site, located about 100 miles east of San Jose, to interested companies. Without that authority, the county now is forced to hold a public auction, a process which can discourage firms from moving to the site …

House Appropriators Recommend Milcon Cuts

  • May 14, 2013
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The House’s draft fiscal 2014 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill calls for spending $9.9 billion on military construction and family housing programs, a $646 million reduction from the enacted level for FY 2013. After accounting for sequestration, though, only an estimated $8.8 billion is available for those programs this year. Overall, the draft bill provides $73.3 billion, a $1.4 billion increase above this year’s enacted level …

Better Planning Data, Civilian Liaison Would Benefit Growth Communities, GAO Finds

  • May 14, 2013
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Providing additional planning data identifying where military personnel and their families live and establishing a long-term civilian point of contact at an installation are two changes that would help defense communities better prepare for mission growth in future BRAC rounds, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. While officials at growth installations exchanged planning information with their host communities concerning projected changes in military and civilian personnel, and school-age children, community officials interviewed by the congressional watchdog agency said they needed more specific information …

Pentagon Visits Leave Local Officials Confident in Cherry Point’s Future

  • May 13, 2013
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Following two days of visits with senior officials at the Pentagon last week, representatives from Craven County say local efforts to strengthen Eastern North Carolina’s Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East are paying off. “Senior civilians in the Pentagon do notice what we have done for Cherry Point, regarding encroachment and in terms of infrastructure improvements and planning and positioning ourselves for future growth …

Military-Friendly Policies Advance in South Carolina Legislature

  • May 13, 2013
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Three measures intended to improve quality of life for service members, their families and veterans appear headed for passage in the South Carolina Legislature, the latest effort by Palmetto State lawmakers to support the military. The state has paid close attention to a list of 10 military-friendly policies the Pentagon is encouraging states to adopt. The policies cover issues such as the portability of professional licenses for military spouses, easing the way for personnel to receive licensing and academic credit for military training and experience, and increasing access to child care …

Base Closures Should Be Part of Cost-Savings Initiatives, Analyst Says

  • May 13, 2013
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Despite the lack of cataclysmic consequences to our nation’s military since sequestration was imposed in March, automatic defense cuts the Pentagon budget is absorbing this year are not sustainable and should not be continued for the next eight years, argues defense analyst Michael O’Hanlon in an op-ed in Monday’s Washington Post. Still, there are a number of changes the department should consider that could result in savings approaching $200 billion to $250 billion …

BRAC Should Wait for Overseas Consolidation, Lawmakers Say

  • May 12, 2013
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Three Democratic senators last week introduced a resolution stating the Senate will not support new BRAC rounds and that the Pentagon should further consolidate overseas infrastructure before requesting authority to close and realign domestic bases. “This resolution sends a clear message to the DOD that their request for 2015 and 2017 domestic BRAC is neither affordable nor feasible at this time,” Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska) said in a written statement …

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