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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Randy Forbes to Leave Readiness Panel

  • December 13, 2012
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Rep. Rob Wittman (R) will replace fellow Virginian Rep. Randy Forbes (R) as chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee in the 113th Congress after losing out to Forbes in the competition to head up the Seapower and Projection Forces panel. The shift will allow Forbes to continue his strong advocacy of the Navy, while continuing to fight alongside full Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to fend off further cuts to the defense budget …

Chinese Bank Agrees to $1.7B Loan for San Francisco Reuse Projects

  • December 11, 2012
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Lennar Corp. has gained approval from the state-supported China Development Bank for a $1.7 billion loan to jump start construction of neighborhoods at two of the developer’s high-profile base redevelopment projects in San Francisco, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The deal is not complete, but both sides are trying to finish it by the end of the year to avoid the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which will require foreign investors to enter into disclosure compliance agreements with the Treasury Department …

Tenants Get the Boot at Oakland Army Base

  • December 9, 2012
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The Oakland Film Center and seven other major tenants, along with dozens of smaller firms and contractors, will be forced to vacate the former Oakland Army Base next spring to make way for the site’s redevelopment into a shipping and distribution facility. The city will lose $242 million in state funds if redevelopment does not begin by December 2013, reported the Oakland Local blog. Turning the site into a distribution facility will increase the capacity of the Port of Oakland and improve its ability to move cargo. The first phase of redevelopment, approved in June, is projected to cost $484 million.

Begich Amendment Would Deter Non-BRAC Realignments

  • December 9, 2012
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An amendment added to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill on the Senate floor would require DOD to provide Congress 90 days’ notice, along with a detailed justification, before reducing by more than 1,000 the number of military personnel assigned to an installation. The provision was introduced by Alaska Sen. Mark Begich in response to the Air Force’s far-reaching force structure proposal included in its FY 2013 budget request …

Lessons from Past BRAC Rounds Can Help Shape Ongoing Mission Support Efforts

  • December 9, 2012
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The past five base closure rounds offer a wide array of lessons to community and installation officials grappling with the challenges of ever-tightening budgets and the likelihood that the Pentagon will be forced to pare down its infrastructure in the coming years, according to a new report issued by ADC. Using BRAC Lessons Learned to Address the Resource Challenges of Today is the product of a workshop held at the ADC 2012 Annual Conference which offered members of the association and the military a unique opportunity to consider how experiences from previous BRAC rounds can be adapted for future rounds and to deal with issues now confronting DOD …

Navy Opens State-Funded Simulator Facility at Connecticut Sub Base

  • December 6, 2012
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Connecticut officials are pointing to the new submarine bridge training simulator at Naval Submarine Base New London as an important investment in ensuring the future of an installation which has been targeted in past BRAC rounds. The Navy paid for the interactive simulator that will be used to train officers and submariners in navigation, but the state gave the Navy $2.5 million to build the facility housing the trainer …

Amendment Would Allow Some Older BRAC Sites to Retain HUBZone Status

  • December 5, 2012
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Among the 145 amendments the Senate passed during debate over the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill is one that would extend the period during which certain base closure sites can be designated as HUBZones, a status conferring preferential access to federal procurements for qualified small businesses. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown sponsored the provision to benefit the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base …

Community College Coming to Former Onizuka AFS

  • December 4, 2012
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The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week took a major step toward opening a new campus at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California after selecting a general contractor for a planned $25 million education center. The district plans to acquire 9.2 acres of Onizuka at no cost for the multi-story structure slated to house classrooms, conference rooms, offices and food services. Construction is scheduled to take about three years, reported School Construction News. The Air Force station, located in Sunnyvale, closed following the last round of base closures. The city is the designated local redevelopment authority and is working with the Veterans Affairs Department to develop the remainder of the 23-acre site.

Senate Clears Authorization Bill

  • December 4, 2012
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After five days of debate and six months of waiting, the Senate approved the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill Tuesday on a unanimous 98-0 vote, setting up a House-Senate conference needed to hash out discrepancies between the two chambers. While there are numerous disparities between the two versions of the annual policy bill, Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed confidence the two chambers would be able to settle their differences …

New York Awards $2.9M to Strengthen Military Installations

  • December 3, 2012
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week awarded $2.9 million to local municipalities and community organizations to help preserve the state’s military installations as tens of billions of dollars in federal defense spending is threatened. The state’s military installations provide more than 10,000 direct jobs, $688 million in direct wages and a $1.9 billion economic impact …

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