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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Rantoul Nears Final Agreement over Transfer of Former Chanute AFB

  • October 11, 2013
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The Air Force has sent the village of Rantoul, Ill., an economic development conveyance (EDC) for the former Chanute Air Force Base, bringing a property transfer closer to its final step. The conveyance, coming 20 years after the installation was closed, would help the village redevelop the base by providing greater flexibility to generate revenue through leasing and property sales. “It’s good to finally get these documents,” Mayor Chuck Smith told the News-Gazette. “It goes to the reduction of the footprint of the Air Force and the EDC process of property transfer itself, demolition of the steam plant and demolition of White Hall,” added Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl.

Navy Transfers East Bank Portion of Support Activity to New Orleans

  • October 8, 2013
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The Navy on Friday transferred the portion of the Naval Support Activity site on the east bank of the Mississippi River to the city of New Orleans. The 25-acre facility, located in Bywater, was slated to be turned over through a no-cost economic development conveyance, reported the Times-Picayune. The Navy shuttered it two years ago after it was designated for closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The city plans to convert the site, which includes three large buildings with a total of 1.5 million square feet of space, into a resiliency center, a hub for disaster relief agencies to deliver services and supplies during a catastrophe. City officials still are working out a partnership agreement with the master developer, EMDRC Partners, according to the story.

Oklahoma Planning Commission Extends Mission Capabilities of State’s Installations

  • October 7, 2013
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After the planning efforts of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission helped the state’s five installations weather the 2005 round of base closure, the group has continued to strengthen the bases’ position in anticipation of future BRAC rounds. Oklahoma is one of the few states that haven’t suffered a closure during the five BRAC rounds. Joe Leverett, the commission’s representative for Altus, home of Altus Air Force Base, attributes that record at least partially to community support …

Nevada Governor Creates Panel to Keep BRAC at Bay

  • October 6, 2013
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) recently issued an executive order creating a council to preserve the state’s military missions and infrastructure in a looming base closure round. Sandoval said there are active, guard and reserve bases in Nevada and “we must use our every effort to protect and expand those assets.” The goal of the council is to craft recommendations that will help the state retain and build its existing military installations. The co-chairs of the panel will be the state’s veteran services director and adjutant general, according to the executive order. Nevada is home to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nellis Air Force Base, Creech AFB and Hawthorne Army Depot.

Are There Ways for DOD to Trim Excess Capacity outside of a New BRAC Round?

  • October 3, 2013
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The Defense Department is under enormous pressure to support a capable fighting force while its budget is subject to deep spending cuts. But the most obvious solution to addressing the combination of a declining force structure and the need to slash overhead — holding a new round of base closures — so far has been declared off limits to DOD by Congress. Next month, ADC is sponsoring a half-day Defense Policy Forum that will explore ways the military can either pare back its excess infrastructure, or at least slash spending on installation support, while more efficiently using its real estate holdings in the absence of a new BRAC round …

Rantoul’s Recovery Rests on Revitalizing Chanute AFB

  • October 2, 2013
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The closure of Chanute Air Force Base 20 years ago devastated the central Illinois community of Rantoul, resulting in a long-term economic decline that the village is still trying to climb out of. Two decades later, Rantoul still suffers from poverty, a struggling business community, a poor housing market and underused infrastructure, reports the Rantoul Press. But, while local officials acknowledge the community’s slow recovery from Chanute’s closure, they also point to early signs of a turnaround, an effort which will rely on revitalizing the former installation …

Former Ohio Defense Facility Poised for Growth

  • October 1, 2013
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A major tenant at Kettering Business Park, the reuse project at the former Defense Electronics Supply Center outside of Dayton, Ohio, may be bringing new jobs to the development to support manufacturing operations for Airbus. The aviation hub for the international aircraft manufacturer could move into a vacant, 200,000-square-foot building and potentially require new space to be built, said Lisa Novelli, president of the National Composite Center …

Navy Expected to Hand over East Bank Site in New Orleans Shortly

  • September 25, 2013
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Two years after the Navy shuttered the east bank portion of Naval Support Activity New Orleans, local officials say the city is on the verge of gaining control of the 25-acre site. The two parties are in the “final stages” of negotiations over transfer of the site in Bywater, said Cedric Grant, deputy mayor of New Orleans. The Navy would hand it over at no cost …

German Industry, Municipalities Making Plans for Closed Bases

  • September 25, 2013
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A massive transfer of military properties in Germany is getting under way as the facilities used by that nation’s military, as well as that of Britain and the United States, are turned over. Those nation’s armed forces are scheduled to vacate 143 square miles over the next five years, creating opportunities for manufacturers of cars and solar panels, homebuilders and other uses, reports Bloomberg News. Daimler AG is in talks to purchase a 1,236-acre complex in the Black Forest to build a testing ground for luxury automobiles. BMW plans to build its own R&D center at a former barracks in Munich. Munich has bought bases that it plans to turn into residential neighborhoods, taking advantage of the right of German cities to acquire properties before they’re put on the market. A former U.S. Army complex in Heidelberg will be converted into student housing, according to the story.

Think Tank Offers Recipe to Cut $50B from DOD Budget

  • September 24, 2013
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The Pentagon could slash spending by $50 billion annually, allowing it to satisfy the automatic cuts imposed by the sequester, through a combination of management reforms, reductions in force structure and slowing modernization efforts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Stimson Center. Strategic Agility: Strong National Defense for Today’s Global and Fiscal Realities represents the consensus of Stimson’s 17-member defense advisory committee, made up of senior national security experts and former defense officials. The report includes 10 administrative reforms that are projected to save $22.4 billion in fiscal 2015 …

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