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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Massachusetts Steps up Base Promotion Efforts

  • July 29, 2015
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Pentagon’s top installations official to promote the state’s military facilities. Baker is meeting with two Senate Armed Services members from New England — Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking member, and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who chairs the committee’s panel responsible for BRAC policy. At DOD, the governor will meet with John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment. Meeting with senators from other New England states will help officials develop a regional strategy to protect the installations, MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones, who will join the governor, told Many base employees cross state lines to get to work, and the New England installations play different roles and do not compete with one another …

More Gains Remain from Reducing Military’s Overseas Presence, Professor Argues

  • July 28, 2015
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The Defense Department has made some progress closing bases overseas, especially in Europe, but DOD still could gain considerable benefits from additional closures of foreign bases, according to an op-ed published Monday in the New York Times. “The Pentagon and Congress should pair a new round of domestic base closings with base closings abroad,” writes David Vine, an associate professor of anthropology at American University and the author of the forthcoming book “Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World.” Vine argues that DOD’s overseas bases waste taxpayer money and undermine national security …

City to Spend $50M on Public Art at Treasure Island

  • July 26, 2015
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The $1.5 billion transformation of San Francisco’s Treasure Island into a mixed-use community slated to take place over the next two decades will have a strong emphasis on public art under a plan the San Francisco Arts Commission is assembling. The commission, which is planning to spend $50 million at the former naval station in San Francisco Bay, is considering a variety of projects to turn the island into an art-world destination — island-wide treasure hunts, dance performances, light displays, wind-activated art and sculpture gardens. “As San Francisco is changing, this is really an investment in the role of artists in San Francisco and the artists who have made this city so great,” said Tom DeCaigny, the commission’s director of cultural affairs …

Parks Agency Launches Planning Process for Portion of Concord Site

  • July 26, 2015
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Dozens of residents turned out Thursday to help the East Bay Regional Park District plan a 2,600-acre park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California. Much of the new Concord Hills Regional Park — which will include grasslands, wildflower fields, rolling hills, oak trees and wetlands — will remain undeveloped, but the district plans to convert miles of existing rail lines to multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, reported the Contra Costa Times. “It’s a fantastic piece of property we’ve been working on for 10 years now,” said Brian Holt, principal planner with the park district …

Fargo Leaders Highlight Assets of ‘Hooligans’

  • July 24, 2015
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Leaders from the Fargo, N.D., business community believe this week’s visit by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James strengthened the long-term outlook for the North Dakota Air National Guard’s “Happy Hooligans.” The military support group of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce touted the importance of the 119th Wing’s Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and intelligence targeting missions, and encouraged the secretary to consider the base for future manned flying missions, reported Inforum. Officials also pointed out that the National Guard unit has not experienced difficulties retaining Predator support specialists, a problem the rest of the Air Force is dealing with. Most significantly, the chamber gained James’ support for building a $7.3 million facility for the wing’s intelligence unit …

Virginia Installations Poised for Growth, Governor’s Commission Concludes

  • July 23, 2015
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There are a variety of actions Virginia officials can take — including investing in infrastructure on and outside military bases, and taking advantage of DOD’s new shared services authority — to expand the missions at its military installations, according to a recent report released by the Governor’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. The commission’s 20 recommendations are intended to leverage changes in military policy to position the commonwealth to continue innovation and leadership in its military operations. The report, which was based on a “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats” analysis, focuses on four key areas of opportunity: improving how the nation develops its military leaders; advancing research, testing, evaluation and development of emergent technologies; investing in infrastructure to foster the growth of new missions …

Former Kansas Ammo Plant in Running for Logistics Hub

  • July 22, 2015
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The former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant has been selected as one of seven finalists by the state Department of Transportation for a transload shipping center. The Great Plains Industrial Park, as the reuse project is called, was chosen from 111 proposals, reported the Joplin Globe. The transload center, which would be used for truck-to-rail and rail-to-truck transfers, would create jobs and lower shipping costs. In southeastern Kansas where Great Plains is located, a hub would benefit local industry and customers, said Ed McKechnie, chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. “Anytime you can have an additional investment in the infrastructure in this part of the state, it’s an opportunity to reduce costs in people’s supply chain, make them more competitive …

Connecticut Military Affairs Office Keeps Sights on Sub Base

  • July 19, 2015
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Connecticut’s Office Military Affairs has begun to evolve after it was first created eight years ago, but its primary focus remains supporting Naval Submarine Base New London and ensuring it does not become a candidate for closure in a future BRAC round. The need for the office became apparent after state and local officials successfully fought to convince the 2005 BRAC Commission to overturn DOD’s recommendation to close the installation. “The idea was that the state of Connecticut could no longer afford to ignore the fact that the submarine base in Groton had a vital impact on our communities in southeastern Connecticut, the economy of those communities and the economy of the state,” said Rob Simmons …

BRAC Coming Soon, Principi Says

  • July 17, 2015
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A new BRAC round is closer than ever, with Congress certain to approve the next round by 2019, Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, said Thursday. “If I was a betting man, between now and 2019, I’d say 100 percent,” Principi, chairman of the Principi Group, told the Tampa Tribune following the monthly meeting of the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The new round most likely would be conducted in 2019, he said, although there is a chance that a grand bargain between Congress and the White House could force a BRAC to be held in 2017 …

It’s Time to ‘Fortify Our Bases,’ New Jersey Officials Say

  • July 16, 2015
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With the looming threat of a new BRAC round or the loss of critical missions due to belt-tightening at the Pentagon, New Jersey needs to take steps now to strengthen its installations, according to an op-ed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) that appeared in the Record on Wednesday. “The time has come to face the threat of BRAC and take earnest steps to avoid closure or mission loss,” the two said. “BRAC and mission realignments short of a full BRAC are a threat, and New Jersey must position itself in the best possible manner against it.” Last week, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force released a series of recommendations designed to shield the state’s four installations — Picatinny Arsenal, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Naval Weapons Station Earle and the 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City — from downsizing …

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