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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Federal Agencies Directed to Streamline Real Estate Inventories

  • March 17, 2013
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The Office of Management and Budget is imposing a “Freeze the Footprint” policy on federal agencies designed to restrict the growth in their office and warehouse space. To avoid a net increase in their real property assets, compared to a fiscal 2012 baseline, agencies will be encouraged to pursue more co-locations and consolidations while selling off unneeded properties …

Pentagon Reviewing ‘Footprint’ in Europe

  • March 17, 2013
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Defense officials are conducting a comprehensive assessment of DOD’s European infrastructure with the goal of consolidating the military footprint to trim expenses. Options developed through the “BRAC-like” process, which then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta initiated in January, are scheduled to be completed for consideration by Panetta’s successor, Chuck Hagel, before the end of the calendar year …

Montana Considers Panel to Preserve Military Presence

  • March 15, 2013
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A Montana lawmaker is proposing the state establish a task force to protect and expand military missions in the state. The sponsor of House Bill 579 is State Rep. Roger Hagan, who represents Great Falls, the home of Malmstrom Air Force Base. Other states already have created task forces, and Montana’s lack of one could hurt the state in the event of a BRAC round, according to the bill. The House State Administration Committee has not yet voted on the legislation, reported the Billings Gazette.

Witnesses Reveal No News on Pentagon’s BRAC Intentions

  • March 14, 2013
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Because the White House has not yet delivered its fiscal 2014 budget request, the Pentagon witnesses at Thursday’s hearing of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee were able to argue the merits of holding additional base closure rounds, but they were unable to say whether the administration would be requesting one more rounds as part of the new budget proposal. “We will be treating the administration’s position on future BRAC rounds as pre-decisional,” John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said at the outset of his prepared remarks …

Lawmakers Use Automatic Spending Cuts to Argue against New Closure Round

  • March 14, 2013
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It came as no surprise during Thursday’s hearing of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee that Republicans and Democrats both were adamantly opposed to a looming request from the Pentagon to hold one or more new BRAC rounds. Possibly the only reason to think the mood in Congress had changed since lawmakers last year rejected the administration’s request for two rounds is the arrival of sequestration. The administration’s primary argument to revisit the issue is that a scaling back of force structure …

Committee Pounds Administration’s Anticipated Request for New BRAC Rounds

  • March 14, 2013
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If Congress is going to authorize one or more base closure rounds in this year’s defense authorization bill, a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday made clear that it won’t come as a result of support from the House subcommittee responsible for launching a new BRAC. Reiterating many of the same arguments used last year to rebuff the administration’s request for two new rounds, both Republican and Democratic members of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee openly criticized the Pentagon’s arguments to hold a BRAC round …

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