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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

BRAC Prohibition in Compromise Measure Short, To the Point

  • December 12, 2013
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The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill adopted varying approaches to rejecting the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015, and the compromise version of the legislation unveiled this week finds one more way to bar additional base closures. “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” reads the language in the bill …

Pueblo Depot LRA Readies for Greater Responsibility

  • December 11, 2013
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The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is making plans for a brighter future when it assumes control of about two-thirds of the facility over the next several years and the Army completes its chemical weapons disposal mission. “This is just the first step in starting, or really restarting the BRAC process,” Russ DeSalvo, the LRA’s executive director, told the Pueblo Chieftain. “The Department of Defense is working with us, and it will be a two- or three-year process to vet the property …

Compromise Version of Authorization Bill Retains Earlier BRAC Prohibitions

  • December 9, 2013
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill unveiled Monday by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees retains language barring the Pentagon from initiating a new base closure round included in earlier versions of the legislation. When the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee in June both failed to endorse the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 it was clear that any debate on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures would be put off for at least one year …

Willow Grove LRA Prepares for Next Steps in Redevelopment

  • December 8, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove is eager to move ahead with the redevelopment process as several milestones approach. The Navy is expected to release shortly the environmental impact statement for the property located outside of Philadelphia. “I’m still hoping this month,” Horsham LRA Executive Director Mike McGee told the Hatboro-Horsham Patch. “We certainly want to know what they say about our plan …

LRA Expects to Complete Deal Soon to Transfer Ft. Gillem

  • December 5, 2013
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The Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority expects to complete the purchase of the former Army post located outside of Atlanta by the end of February. “We will be closing on the property between Jan. 24 and Feb. 26,” LRA Executive Director Fred Bryant said during a recent meeting of the authority. “The Army will not move the date,” he said …

Closer Community-Military Ties Can Help Reduce Infrastructure Costs, Forum Concludes

  • December 5, 2013
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With increasing pressure to slash spending, and the prospect of a new base closure round uncertain, the military needs to find new ways to shave its installation expenditures. At the ADC Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC, held Nov. 12, key thought leaders from DOD, Congress, communities and the private sector proposed a variety of ideas for reducing the department’s excess infrastructure and facility costs, including reinventing the BRAC process, increasing reliance on communities to provide on-base services, redefining the installation of the future and partnering more closely with host communities to support economic development …

FAA Accepting Applications for Military Airport Program

  • December 2, 2013
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Former military airfields and joint use airports have almost two months to apply to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Military Airport Program (MAP), a valuable source of funding for capital improvements. The fiscal 2014 MAP has eight slots available for new participants or existing participants eligible for redesignation. None of the open slots, however, are available for general aviation airports, according to the Dec. 2 Federal Register notice …

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Would Reintegrate Historic Campus into Neighboring Community

  • November 21, 2013
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More than 2,000 residential units, including single-family detached homes, row houses and apartments are slated to be built on the site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington, D.C., under the plan proposed by the team recently named the site’s master developer. Alongside the residential units, the project will include retail space, offices, a science center, restaurants, a Hyatt hotel and conference center, and 20 acres of open areas. The development team of Hines International, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development plans to call the new 66.7-acre campus the Parks at Walter Reed …

Next BRAC Would Be Geared toward Efficiency, Not Transformation, DOD Official Says

  • November 21, 2013
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In a commentary published in Roll Call, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, takes on what is probably the most popular criticism from lawmakers of the Obama administration’s request to hold a new round of base closures — that the last one cost too much. To make his case, Kendall points out that the 2005 round really was made up of two separate kinds of actions, each with distinct goals. The “Transformation BRAC” took advantage of the opportunity afforded by the base closure statute to move forces and functions to locations that made more sense operationally …

Facility Demolition follows Chemical Weapons Destruction at Army Sites

  • November 20, 2013
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Efforts to tear down multibillion-dollar incinerators are under way at three sites used by the Army to destroy the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The work, estimated to cost $1.3 billion, is taking place at Anniston Army Depot, Ala.; Umatilla Chemical Depot, Ore.; and Deseret Chemical Depot, Utah. Workers already have finished scrapping the Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Facility in Arkansas and now are finishing the site’s cleanup …

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