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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Reuse Plans Advance at Onizuka Following HUD Approval

  • January 14, 2013
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Plans to locate a community college campus and affordable housing at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California are moving ahead, after the Department of Housing and Urban Development last month approved the site’s redevelopment plan. A local housing agency has proposed building 120 family housing units for residents earning less than $64,000 …

Ft. Ritchie LRA Considers Reuse Options after Taking Site Back from Developer

  • January 9, 2013
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Less than six months after taking back the former Fort Ritchie from its developer, PenMar Development Corp. wants to have a new reuse plan for the 591-acre central Maryland property located just over the Pennsylvania border. The LRA plans to hire a real estate consultant shortly and complete a redevelopment plan later this year …

Air Force Has Little Left to Cut … Except for Bases, Secretary Says

  • January 9, 2013
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The Air Force has undergone a dramatic downsizing over the past decade to produce a force that is smaller than before 9/11, eliminating more than 30,000 personnel and retiring nearly 1,900 aircraft. Shrinking the Air Force has been the only effective response to declining budgets that would maintain readiness, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley explains in a series of commentaries this week …

City, County Pledge to Collaborate on Cherry Point Protection Efforts

  • January 8, 2013
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Officials from Havelock, N.C., and Craven County emerged from a presentation Tuesday from the county’s Washington lobbyist with a new to-do list to help preserve the long-term future of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Shawn Edwards, vice president of Cassidy and Associates, told the officials to launch an effort to secure a major project at Cherry Point within the next five years that would be vital to the Pentagon, reported Havelock News. Edwards also emphasized the need to ensure the installation’s bombing ranges in Carteret County remain free of encroachment. The meeting reinforced the need for Havelock and Craven County to work more closely. “I think it kind of opens eyes,” Craven County Commissioner Lee Allen said. “If we don’t work together, we all lose together.”

F-35′s Noise Profile Generates Local Opposition at Some Candidate Bases

  • January 7, 2013
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Concerns about the noise generated by the F-35 Lightning II are weighing on the minds of residents in several defense communities as the Air Force and Navy consider where to base units of the next-generation stealth fighter. The host community of the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing is opposing the Air Force’s plan to base 18 to 24 of the aircraft at Burlington International Airport, raising the question as to whether the Air Force will stick to its preferred alternative …

Congress Lengthens Notice Requirement for Certain Realignments outside of BRAC

  • January 3, 2013
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The Defense Department will need to provide Congress 90 days’ notice before reducing the number of military personnel assigned to an installation by more than 1,000, under the final version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill. The current statute, 10 U.S.C. Section 993, requires only a 21-day notice period before the department carries out a realignment of that magnitude …

Defense Bill Raises Bar on Non-BRAC Realignments

  • January 1, 2013
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Language in the final version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill would make it more difficult for the Pentagon to skirt statutory requirements to notify Congress when closing or realigning a mission outside of a BRAC round. The provision is intended to ensure DOD doesn’t sidestep the requirements of 10 U.S.C. Sec. 2687, a rarely used statute allowing base closures and realignments to be carried out when a BRAC round is not in force …

Military Readiness Hampered by Excess Infrastructure, Defense Chief Says

  • December 21, 2012
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The Pentagon’s year-old defense strategy is threatened by two principal dangers, stress on the force and a political system that forces the military to operate with little certainty about available resources, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week at a National Press Club luncheon. The department’s effort to ensure the health of the force by investing in its readiness, though, is hamstrung by political considerations that prevent officials from directing funding to the military’s highest priorities …

Senate Less Resistant than House to Future BRAC Rounds

  • December 20, 2012
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If the next Congress authorizes a new BRAC round, the impetus likely would begin in the Senate. One provision in the conference report for the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, one notable omission and a request in the committee report that accompanied the Senate Armed Services version of the measure potentially could lay the ground work for a future base closure round …

Conference Agreement Fails to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • December 19, 2012
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A bid to extend liability protections afforded BRAC sites to installations closed outside of the base closure process when unknown contamination is discovered fell short, as negotiators this week omitted language that had been in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill from the conference report. The provision would have extended the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to all bases closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

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