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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Negotiations to Purchase Stratford Army Plant Continue

  • March 24, 2013
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Discussions between the Army and Point Stratford Renewal over the purchase of the former Stratford Army Engine Plant in Connecticut still have not been completed, more than six months after the federal government selected the Connecticut-based development team. The developer has agreed to assume responsibility for cleaning up the 77-acre site but wants the Army to clean up the mudflats along the Housatonic River. The Army is discussing the issue with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection …

Master Developer Competition for Walter Reed Draws Healthy Response

  • March 24, 2013
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Nine teams are competing to be named the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington, District officials announced last week. The robust level of interest comes as much-needed relief for the city, after it received a total of only three responses to a pair of other projects recently …

Council’s Change of Heart Protects Hampton Roads Landing Field from Encroachment

  • March 21, 2013
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One month after approving a request to rezone land for a residential subdivision that the Navy said could threaten its use of Fentress Naval Auxiliary Field, the Chesapeake, Va., City Council this week reversed itself and voted against rezoning the site that is located about two-and-a-half miles from the airfield. The city council’s original vote ignored repeated appeals from the Navy and violated an agreement Chesapeake and Virginia Beach made with the Navy after the 2005 round of base closures to limit development near the two facilities, reported the Virginian-Pilot …

Air Guard Wing at Willow Grove Gets Drone Mission

  • March 20, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located at Horsham Air Guard Station, will take on ground control for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system starting Oct. 1, officials announced Wednesday. The new mission for the 111th helps make up for the loss of the unit’s A-10 fighter jets, which were realigned following the 2005 round of base closures. The wing will add a total of 250 military and civilian jobs, including about 75 full-time jobs, reported the Morning Call. Sequestration could delay the new mission from going ahead, though, as the base currently has a hiring freeze, said a spokesman. The Air Guard station is located at the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove in suburban Philadelphia.

Pentagon Leadership Pushes Case for BRAC

  • March 20, 2013
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In separate remarks this week about how the military is coping with deep spending cuts, senior defense leaders said closing unneeded bases is one necessary component to putting DOD’s budget on a sustainable path. During remarks Wednesday, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, said the department’s inventory of installations is a fixed cost that it no longer can afford. “We didn’t get rid of nearly all of our excess capacity in the first three rounds of [BRAC], so there’s more to be done there and money to be saved …

Cleanup at NAS South Weymouth Advances toward Finish Line

  • March 19, 2013
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The Navy is still cleaning up the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth 16 years after the installation located outside of Boston closed, but officials believe the effort could be completed in about three years. So far, the Navy has spent $66 million on the effort and it estimates finishing the job will require an additional $25 million, reported the Boston Globe. While remediation could be completed in 2016, monitoring will be required at some sites for decades …

Better to Conduct BRAC Sooner Rather than Later, Principi Says

  • March 19, 2013
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Defense communities generally would be better off if the Pentagon launched a base closure round sooner rather than waiting, due to the threat that the services would try to conduct a “backdoor BRAC” in the absence of a scheduled round and because of the benefits the BRAC process provides communities, Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, said in a recent interview. If no BRAC round is on the horizon, the services may try to trim the number of civilians or realign military personnel at some installations, as long as they don’t exceed statutory limits on such changes …

Texas Needs to Support its Defense Communities before Next BRAC, Official Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The lack of a state-led program in Texas to prepare its 15 military installations for future BRAC rounds leaves its defense communities at a disadvantage compared to other states, according to a commentary in the Corpus Christi Caller. Last week, Capt. Rob Bennett, commanding officer at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth and chair of the Texas Commanders Council, told the Veterans and Military Installations Committee of the Texas Senate that the state’s focus has been reactive, providing funds for communities hurt by base realignments and closures …

Navy, State Break Ground on Dive Locker at Groton Sub Base

  • March 18, 2013
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The Connecticut’s Office of Military Affairs participated in a groundbreaking earlier this month at Naval Submarine Base New London for a $3.5 million diver support facility paid for by the state. The dive locker, which will replace an existing facility that is almost 100 years old, is the latest in a handful of projects the state has funded at the submarine base in recent years to strengthen its standing in a future BRAC round …

Improved Industrial Efficiency Contributing to Excess Infrastructure, Hammack Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The Pentagon’s plan to shrink the Army’s active duty end strength from 570,00 soldiers in fiscal 2010 to 490,000 soldiers by FY 2017, along with possibility of greater reductions forced by sequestration, are the primary drivers behind the service’s argument that it needs a base closure round to trim excess capacity. But in her testimony delivered last week to the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, also cited improvements in the efficiency of the service’s industrial base as another factor driving the Army’s need for a smaller footprint …

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