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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Army Already Consolidating European Basing, Hammack Says

  • April 22, 2013
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One argument lawmakers have made to counter the administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round is that the Defense Department first should review its overseas infrastructure before scrutinizing its domestic real estate. The Army already is in the midst of an effort to consolidate its European footprint, points out Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. The service is on pace to reduce its force structure in Europe by more than 45 percent by the end of 2016 …

Navy to Transfer NSA New Orleans to Local Board

  • April 22, 2013
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The Navy is planning to transferring 149 acres at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans next month to the Algiers Development District, one of two local groups with primary responsibility for leading the Federal City project at the site on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Last October, the board of the Algiers Development District and the New Orleans Federal Alliance, the group that had spearheaded the effort to redevelop the Navy property, reached agreement to form the Joint Development Committee to govern the public-private development …

Effort to Create Military Task Force Dies in Montana Legislature

  • April 21, 2013
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Legislation to create a statewide task force to prepare Montana for a future BRAC round was struck down last week in the state Senate despite apparent support. The bill, which would have created a military strategic and economic impact task force, passed the House last month. A Senate committee held a hearing on the measure, but Democratic leadership in the legislature ultimately tabled it, reported the Great Falls Tribune …

Energy, Utility Projects Create Potential Liability following BRAC, GAO Finds

  • April 21, 2013
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DOD expects to incur more than $24 million in costs at two installations shuttered during the 2005 round of base closures to unwind renewable energy and privatized utility projects affected by the closures, according to a new Government Accountability Office study. At Fort Monmouth, N.J., the Army paid about $24.3 million to terminate a renewable energy contract involving ground source heat pumps and to install several boilers to replace the heat pumps. The Army also terminated a privatized electrical utility contract at Fort Monroe, Va., but has not yet reached a settlement with the utility over the termination …

Approval of New BRAC Round Far Off, Levin Says

  • April 21, 2013
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Lawmakers offered several novel arguments against granting DOD’s request for a new BRAC round in 2015 while questioning top Pentagon officials during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week, but ultimately all the members of the panel who addressed the issue voiced reasons to oppose additional base closures. There’s got to be a better way to close installations than the BRAC process, which upsets communities as soon as a new round is authorized, said Sen. Tim Kaine. “When BRAC is announced, what happens is that every community that has military assets, whether they’re ultimately going to be on the chopping block or not, they lawyer-up, they accountant-up, they public relations-up …

Army, State, LRA Seek Solution to Address Contamination at Ft. Gillem

  • April 18, 2013
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A plan to convert the former Fort Gillem, Ga., into a logistics hub serving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Port of Savannah could be jeopardized unless state officials’ concerns about contamination from the post that has seeped into neighboring Forest Park are mollified. Earlier this year, the state asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider making the installation a Superfund site, an action that would severely hamper the community’s reuse plan from going forward …

Public-Private Projects Should Be Accounted for in BRAC Analysis, GAO Recommends

  • April 18, 2013
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In a review of the impact of the growing number of privatization projects on military installations, the Government Accountability Office concluded that future base closure rounds would benefit from the Defense Department providing more comprehensive information about the potential costs created when DOD terminates project agreements with the private sector. The congressional watchdog agency found that the department likely would incur liabilities following a BRAC round for renewable energy and privatized utility projects on affected installations …

Navy, Marine Corps Witnesses Stick to Characterization of BRAC Need

  • April 17, 2013
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While senior officials for the Navy and Marine Corps acknowledged at a hearing Tuesday of the House Armed Services Committee that they don’t expect to eliminate much infrastructure if a BRAC round is launched in 2015, for the most part they did not go along with the ranking member’s ploy to convince his colleagues to authorize more base closures. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) asked the witnesses if it would be accurate to characterize their needs in a future BRAC as making changes around the edges versus “closing huge, major bases in the middle …

Cold War Command Center in Central N.Y. for Sale

  • April 16, 2013
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One of about two dozen military command centers operated by North American Aerospace Defense Command during the Cold War is available to anyone interested in purchasing two windowless buildings in Cicero, N.Y. The SAGE — Semi-Automated Ground Environment — complex at the former Hancock Air Force Base has 175,000 square feet of space and is being offered for $895,000, reports the Post-Standard. The buildings — which have two-foot-thick reinforced concrete walls and one-foot-thick concrete floors — were originally used to track Soviet bombers and assign jets and missiles to intercept them. After the military closed the complex in 2001, the General Services Administration disposed of it. The property now is part of Hancock Airpark, an industrial park being developed by a local economic development entity.

Navy, Marine Corps Indicate They Have Little Excess Infrastructure

  • April 16, 2013
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The top officials for the Navy and Marine Corps told lawmakers Tuesday that they do not expect to cut much spare capacity if a new base closure round goes ahead in 2015. “We in the Navy have taken previous BRAC rounds very seriously,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the House Armed Services Committee. “We’ve shed most of our duplicative and overlapping bases and services …

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