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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Conferees Approve Compromise Version of Authorization Bill

  • December 19, 2012
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House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday approved a final version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, striking compromises on several controversial provisions that should allow President Obama to sign the bill, H.R. 4310, into law. The House is expected to take up the conference report Thursday, followed by the Senate as early as Friday, allowing the final legislation to be sent to the president’s desk before the end of the week. While the final measure retains a variety of provisions the White House had resisted, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin told reporters he didn’t believe there were any items in the legislation that would prompt a veto by Obama …

Lawmakers Push to Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • December 17, 2012
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A group of seven House members representing districts with closed Army ammunition plants is pressing the chamber’s conferees to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill to preserve language extending liability protections afforded BRAC sites to installations closed outside of the BRAC process when unknown contamination is discovered. The language, which would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to all bases closed after Oct. 24, 1988, is included in the House version of the annual defense policy bill but was left out of the Senate version …

Ft. Monmouth LRA Accelerates Sale of Housing Parcel

  • December 16, 2012
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority is selling two residential parcels that could be used for permanent housing by residents who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy and no longer want to live in a floodplain. Local officials believe the former Army post in coastal New Jersey, which did not experience flooding in the October storm, may be attractive to homeowners who don’t want to pay higher insurance rates or live in an area that is vulnerable to flooding …

Georgia Initiative to Strengthen Military Bases, Attract Private Industry

  • December 16, 2012
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A new initiative launched by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is aimed at protecting the state’s installations, partially by recruiting contractors to defense communities to help increase the military value of local bases. The Governor’s Defense Initiative, launched in November, isn’t specifically focused on the next base closure round, but it will attempt to ensure DOD policymakers are aware of Georgia’s military assets. “You can’t wait until BRAC lists bases that are going to close to start worrying about these things …

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