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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Targeting Bases Will Ease BRAC Go-Ahead from Congress, Budget Expert Suggests

  • April 7, 2013
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To overcome lawmakers’ resistance to approving a new round of base closures, the Pentagon should identify from the outset what installations it is considering closing or realigning, Todd Harrison, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told reporters Friday. “DOD needs to come at Congress with more specific plans,” Harrison said, reported Foreign Policy. What’s needed is a detailed plan mapped down to the congressional district. The vast majority of members of Congress won’t be hurt …

Budget Crunch Dictates New BRAC Round, Analyst Says

  • April 7, 2013
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While many lawmakers have cited the upfront costs associated with carrying out base closures as an argument against authorizing a new BRAC round at a time when the Pentagon is being forced to slash spending, one defense analyst believes shuttering excess facilities is one key structural reform the military needs to implement to rein in its budget. “No business in America would be satisfied operating for a decade with 21 percent excess facilities,” said Todd Harrison, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments …

Turbulence Frequently Unavoidable in Base Redevelopment

  • April 4, 2013
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Two decades after it closed, the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., is a thriving mixed-use redevelopment, featuring a town center, a variety of housing types, a technology and aerospace business park, and a commercial and general aviation airport. Other air bases closed around the same time have had varying degrees of success, however, reports the Sun News in a multi-part series marking the 20-year anniversary of the base’s closure. The former Pease AFB, near Portsmouth, N.H., has experienced similar growth to the reuse project at Myrtle Beach AFB …

House Appropriations Panel to Look at BRAC Request

  • April 3, 2013
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For the second time in a month, a House subcommittee is scheduled to hear testimony from the Pentagon’s top installation officials about the need for a new BRAC round. But unlike the hearing held last month by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, next week the House Appropriations’ Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will have an opportunity to hear from DOD witnesses after the White House has unveiled its fiscal 2014 budget proposal …

Senator Celebrates Renewed Recognition of Former Newark AFB as HUBZone

  • April 2, 2013
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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown last week highlighted the renewed designation of Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base, as a Small Business Administration HUBZone through 2015. An amendment attached to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that was sponsored by Brown extends 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 Guard Base Gains C-130 Mission

  • April 2, 2013
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Economic development officials in north central Ohio last week celebrated the news that the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will gain a new transport mission and about 200 new personnel. The 179th, based at Mansfield’s Lahm Airport, had been faced with closure after the Air Force last year proposed eliminating the nation’s fleet of C-27J cargo aircraft. The 179th will lose its four C-27J planes as planned, but they will be replaced with eight larger C-130H aircraft …

LRA to Add Housing at Devens

  • April 1, 2013
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MassDevelopment is looking for a developer to build housing on a 70-acre site at the former Fort Devens located outside of Boston. The agency expects 120 units to be constructed, with 25 percent reserved for low- and moderate-income residents. Allowed uses include single-, two- and multi-family housing, along with elder housing, nursing homes and municipal uses, reported the Boston Business Journal. Last year, residents from the towns of Harvard and Ayer rejected a developer’s plan to turn former barracks at another site at the 4,400-acre redevelopment project into 246 units of affordable housing for seniors and veterans. Devens hosts 99 businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities that employ more than 3,200 workers, according to the Journal.

Havelock Officials Complain about Lack of State Support for Military Communities

  • April 1, 2013
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Commissioners from Havelock, N.C., home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, criticized the new budget proposed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for failing to support military communities in the face of a looming BRAC round. “We’re the most military friendly state in the union, but we can’t get any help from the state to protect the bases …

Reuse at Myrtle Beach AFB: The Long Road to Success

  • April 1, 2013
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On the 20-year anniversary of the closure of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., the Sun News recounts the numerous difficulties facing local officials trying to redevelop the 3,937-acre installation. Today, the former base is the home of a variety of uses, highlighted by the Market Common, a town center with upscale shops and restaurants, and neighborhoods with more than 1,200 homes that follow the principles of New Urbanism. The project also features new general aviation and commercial airport terminals, and a technology and aerospace business park …

Georgia, Kansas Defense Communities among Fastest-Growing Areas Last Year

  • April 1, 2013
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Communities surrounding Forts Benning, Ga., and Riley, Kan., ranked among the fastest-growing places in the nation for the year ended July 1, 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last month. Chattahoochee County, Ga., was the nation’s fastest-growing county of 10,000 or more residents as its population climbed 10.1 percent between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012 …

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