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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Milcon Projects Largely Shielded from Sequestration, Officials Say

  • May 12, 2013
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While the $37 billion hit the defense budget is taking in the current fiscal year is harming military readiness overall, fiscal 2013 military construction projects largely have not been affected, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told lawmakers Thursday. “We believe we can absorb most of the sequestration reductions with available … savings. We don’t intend to reduce the scope of any construction projects. At least [right] now we don’t believe that will be necessary,” Hale told the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee …

Devens Bounces Back from Past Setbacks

  • May 9, 2013
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The beat goes on at Devens, with three major projects underway at the former Fort Devens, located 35 miles west of downtown Boston, following two major setbacks since 2011. Evergreen Solar’s decision to shut down its facility for manufacturing solar panels two years ago was partially offset after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain leased more than half of the plant last July, reported the Boston Business Journal. Also last year, two of the reuse project’s three host towns scuttled plans to convert Vicksburg Square, a former Army housing complex, into affordable housing for seniors and veterans …

Emphasis on Innovation, Site Completion Speeds Air Force Cleanups

  • May 9, 2013
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A change in its preferred contracting method along with a shift in its goals for remediation projects at active and BRAC installations has proved a real boon for the Air Force, helping it complete cleanups quicker and rack up taxpayer savings. In early 2011, then-Assistant Secretary Terry Yonkers implemented a new policy calling for the service to shift its objective from achieving remedy-in-place to closing sites …

Spokane Community, Tribe Spar over Casino Project near Fairchild AFB

  • May 8, 2013
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As a decision approaches by the federal government on the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a casino and resort under the path of training flights from Fairchild Air Force Base in Eastern Washington, local leaders are taking a stronger stand against the project. In a letter sent last week to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the project should not be approved because of the potential for it to interfere with the installation’s mission. “I believe that in order to not be vulnerable to closure in another [BRAC] round, Fairchild must be able to continue to modernize and prevent local development that could be viewed as an encroachment …

Durbin Takes Dig at BRAC Request

  • May 8, 2013
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During a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the Air Force’s budget request, Chairman Dick Durbin (Ill.) acknowledged that he remains skeptical about the BRAC process after witnessing the previous five rounds. “Base closure commissions are supposed to take the politicians out of the process. I think they’ve replaced the politicians with other politicians,” said Durbin, the Senate’s number two Democrat. Durbin said he shared the concern of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, that base closures do not produce sufficient savings …

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