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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

House Language Would Require DOD to Consider Community Support before Realigning Bases

  • June 18, 2013
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An amendment to the House’s fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill would require the Pentagon to consider the monetary value of services provided to an installation by its host community before making realignment or closure decisions. When making such decisions, the provision requires the secretary of defense to account for “the value of services, such as schools, libraries, and utilities, as well as land, structures, and access to infrastructure, such as airports and seaports, that are provided by the local community to the military installation and that result in cost savings for the armed forces …

‘State of Base Redevelopment Report’ Provides National Snapshot

  • June 17, 2013
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Military base redevelopment projects represent a significant untapped resource for job creation and have a much more difficult time obtaining federal economic development support than they did 10 years ago, with the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment almost the sole resource for federal support Those are among the findings of the June 2013 edition of ADC’s State of Base Redevelopment Report, released last week at the Defense Communities National Summit and at a briefing on Capitol Hill for congressional staff, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus…

House Approves Authorization Bill

  • June 16, 2013
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The House approved its fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill Friday, ignoring a White House veto threat over multiple issues including the absence of language permitting the Pentagon to conduct a base closure round in 2015. In fact, rather than merely leaving out the BRAC authorization requested by the administration, the legislation, H.R. 1960, includes language precluding DOD from spending any funds “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round …

Senate Action on Policy Bill Likely Closes Window on BRAC this Year

  • June 16, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s vote Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill that rejected the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 likely spells the end of the debate this year on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures. While the measure still needs to be debated on the Senate floor, even in the unlikely event an amendment authorizing a new round were to pass at that stage, without support from the Senate Armed Services Committee leadership, such a provision would have virtually no chance of surviving a House-Senate conference …

Next BRAC Round May Not Be around the Corner

  • June 16, 2013
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The panelists assembled Friday for the Defense Policy Town Hall at the Defense Communities National Summit all agreed that DOD urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities as part of an effort to reform its spending, but were less certain as to when Congress would go along with the suggestion. “I wouldn’t say there is an air of inevitability,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute …

BRAC Voted Down during Debate in Senate Committee

  • June 14, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved language blocking the Pentagon from launching a BRAC round, before completing consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The amendment reportedly would lift the ban after DOD finishes an assessment of excess infrastructure at its overseas bases, according to the Hill. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) described the amendment at a news conference after his panel approved the bill by a 23-3 vote …

Air Force Returns Onizuka AFS to Local, Federal Users

  • June 12, 2013
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The Air Force has finished the disposal of the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California, transferring a total of 19 acres to the city of Sunnyvale, a community college and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced last week. The VA obtained facilities on a 4.4-acre tract it plans to use for a research laboratory. The agency paid the Air Force $6.5 million. Foothill-De Anza Community College plans to build a regional education facility on a 9.2-acre site it received through a public benefit conveyance sponsored by the Education Department …

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Streamlining Infrastructure Would Benefit Defense Communities, ADC President Says

  • June 12, 2013
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With deep spending cuts becoming the new norm for the Pentagon, the long-term consequences are starting to become apparent to defense communities. Base operating support is taking a disproportionate hit — a burden that is expected to continue for the next decade — jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of installations, the readiness of missions and support for military families …

LRA Positions Chemical Depot Site, Indiana Community for Successful Recovery

  • June 11, 2013
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Reuse efforts at the former Newport Chemical Depot are well underway despite the three-year wait planning officials in west central Indiana were forced to endure until the destruction of the nerve agent VX stored there was completed in 2008. DOD did not give the community the green light to start planning for the facility’s redevelopment until later that year, but since then the local redevelopment authority has moved quickly to recover from the loss of 690 jobs and $40 million in annual purchasing after the facility closed …

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