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White House Highlights Need for BRAC in Veto Threat over Senate Measure

  • June 3, 2015
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The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday cited the lack of language authorizing a new BRAC round as one of the key factors that could prompt President Obama to veto the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. OMB’s “Statement of Administration Policy” echoed the veto threat the agency issued last month in response to the House version of the policy bill. Both statements highlighted the need for a BRAC round and the bills’ reliance on DOD’s war account to boost its budget rather than raising the Budget Control Act spending caps as issues that would need to be resolved before the president would sign the legislation …

Youngstown Chamber Launches Commission to Protect Air Reserve Station

  • June 2, 2015
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The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber this week launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to promote Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio ahead of a looming BRAC round. The commission will aim to enhance the military value and national defense excellence at the installation and other military facilities throughout eastern Ohio, reported Vindy.com. A local campaign successfully shielded the air station from the last round of base closures, but the installation’s mission and economic impact has declined over the past decade as four aircraft and the crews that maintain them were transferred elsewhere. “Along with many peers, we continue to see local operations shrink,” said John Rossi, president of the chamber foundation. “Instead of merely witnessing reductions, we choose to embrace the military decision-making process and demonstrate the value of our base and importance of our mission,” Rossi said. The air station generates about $180 million of activity annually for the Mahoning Valley’s economy. Two years ago, however, it produced more than $200 million annually for the region.

Groups Pose Alternative Missions for Davis-Monthan AFB to Address A-10 Retirement

  • June 1, 2015
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While the A-10 jet appears to have dodged retirement once again, the Air Force’s plan to retire the fleet of ground-attack jets in favor of other aircraft that can fulfill its close air support mission and save $4 billion likely isn’t going away. The looming retirement of the A-10 poses an uncomfortable question for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson as the aircraft represents the installation’s primary flying mission and the Air Force is looking to shed excess capacity. In the first of a multi-part series, the Arizona Daily Star considers five future missions for the installation suggested by the various entities advocating for the installation, including the DM50, the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, Pima County and the city of Tucson …

Opening of Interstate to Spur Activity at Chaffee Crossing

  • June 1, 2015
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The executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is eagerly awaiting the opening of a 6.5-mile stretch of Interstate 49 through the base reuse project now called Chaffee Crossing. “That news is out there and people know it’s going to happen,” Ivy Owen told the Times Record. “The people who have been waiting and holding back to make offers are now coming out of the woodwork to make offers on smaller, specialized pieces of property like medical clinics and physician’s offices, that sort of thing,” he said. The highway opening, scheduled for July, should generate new property sales and trigger development at parcels already sold at the site located just over the Arkansas border from Oklahoma …

Weapons Station Neighbors await Master Developer Decision

  • May 31, 2015
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Concord residents played a significant role in crafting a reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station and with the city close to selecting a master developer for the East Bay site in northern California, homeowners group are confident the most important elements of the plan will be realized over the coming decades. The plan allows for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres, with about 70 percent of the weapons station preserved as parkland or open space. The plan also calls for a greenway buffer separating the new homes from existing neighborhoods, a key priority of homeowners groups. Clustering high-density housing near the North Concord/Martinez BART transit station will help ensure the project meets its open space goals …

Pennsylvania County Forms Group to Advocate for Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • May 28, 2015
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Lebanon County commissioners have formed a local defense group to shield Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center in southeastern Pennsylvania, from possible cuts in a future BRAC round. The commissioners earlier received a $25,000 grant from the state to organize a local group to promote the installation, which employs 2,000 personnel. The commissioners will lead the local defense group with the support of a committee made up of staff members from Fort Indiantown Gap, county planners, local elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders. The group’s first assignment will be to conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the post …

Colorado Should Focus on Encroachment, Local Infrastructure to Fend off BRAC, Report Says

  • May 27, 2015
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While Colorado has numerous assets that can be expected to work in its favor in the event of a new BRAC round, state officials need to act with urgency to promote the state’s value to DOD, according to a report released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday. “The specter of sequestration beginning in FY16 is a shadow hanging over most internal DOD planning and programming deliberations,” the 82-page report says. “Colorado should be proactively monitoring the Washington political climate on DOD budget reductions, force structure realignments and strategy changes.” One focus of the report is the need to protect the state’s installations and training ranges from encroachment, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. One thorny issue state officials need to address is the 238,000-acre Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training site for Fort Carson that the Army has tried in the past to expand over the opposition of local ranchers …

Demolition of Massive Complex at Chanute AFB Set to Begin

  • May 27, 2015
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Twenty-two years after Chanute Air Force Base in east central Illinois was shuttered, work to ready the 400,000-square-foot White Hall office building for demolition is scheduled to begin within days. The massive building — DOD’s largest until the Pentagon was completed — was left to decay over the past two decades due to the prohibitive cost required to rehabilitate it. The contractor will employ a variety of safety measures to limit potential hazards to its workers and the surrounding community. Prior to demolition, Greenville, S.C.-based CB&I Federal Services will remove all asbestos and lead-based paint, as well as fixtures that can be taken to a landfill …

Connecticut Sub Base Not Threatened by BRAC, Commander Says

  • May 25, 2015
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Naval Submarine Base New London is well positioned to weather the next BRAC round, the base commander said Thursday at a meeting sponsored by the Groton Business Association. “I think we have a compelling case for staying open,” said Capt. Carl Lahti. While the Army and Air Force are clamoring for the authority to close bases, senior Navy officials, including Secretary Ray Mabus, have said the department has the right amount of shore infrastructure for the current level of naval strength. Lahti said he believes certain base functions could be moved around but the Navy is not expecting any base closures during the next BRAC …

Texas Legislature Expected to Provide $30M for Installations

  • May 21, 2015
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Texas lawmakers are expected to include $30 million in the state’s next two-year budget to support military installations, reports the El Paso Times. The state’s compromise budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium now includes $30 million for defense economic adjustment assistance grants to help communities support local installations, but the plan still needs to be adopted by a House-Senate conference committee, Reps. Marisa Márquez (D) and Joe Pickett (D) told the paper. The move comes as the prospect of a new BRAC round looms. The budget request submitted by DOD in February requested permission to hold a BRAC in 2017, the fourth straight year the Obama administration has asked for approval for additional base closures …

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