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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Senate Appropriators Question whether European Basing Study Will Generate Savings

  • June 8, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee is concerned that any monetary savings generated by DOD’s effort to consolidate its European footprint could be offset by large expenditures on military construction in an echo of the lesson most lawmakers have drawn from the last round of base closures. In the report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill it passed last month, the panel questions the department’s intention to build a joint intelligence analysis center at Royal Air Force Base Croughton in the United Kingdom estimated to cost in excess of $300 million. The department asks for $92.2 million in its FY 2015 budget request for the project’s first phase …

BRAC Not Right around the Corner, House Staffer Says

  • June 8, 2014
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Citing unanswered questions about the level of surplus DOD infrastructure and the extent to which the military’s force structure will come down, if at all, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) expressed doubt Friday that Congress would approve a new round of base closures in the near term. The Pentagon has requested permission each of the past three years to conduct a BRAC round so it can shed some of its estimated 24 percent excess capacity. But Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit that he was skeptical of that figure because the department hasn’t assessed its excess capacity since 1999. “[That figure] doesn’t make sense to me …

Brunswick LRA Pays Back Navy Loan 10 Years Early

  • June 6, 2014
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Officials from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) presented a $3 million check to the Navy on Thursday, paying off part of its obligation for its economic development conveyance 10 years before it was due. The early loan payoff is a testament to the speedy transfer of the property from the Navy and the subsequent rapid redevelopment at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park. The payment took place at the Defense Communities National Summit and will save the authority, the LRA for the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB), about $1 million in interest and bank charges. “This action represents the types of sound fiscal management decisions that are made by the MRRA Board of Trustees in their oversight of the NASB redevelopment effort …

Policy Bill Would Eliminate Army’s Authority to Close Arsenals

  • June 6, 2014
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The Army secretary would lose a pre-Civil War authority to shutter arsenals without congressional approval, under the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed last month by the Senate Armed Services Committee. With both chambers poised to reject the Obama administration’s request for a new round of base closures for the third straight year, the provision would further restrict the military’s ability to pare down its infrastructure …

BRAC Not out of the Question in Future, Wittman Says

  • June 5, 2014
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The House Armed Services Committee’s rejection over the past three years of the Pentagon’s request for additional base closures may not be permanent, according to the chair of the panel’s readiness subcommittee. “We’re not saying never do a BRAC,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said Wednesday during the keynote lunch at the Defense Communities National Summit. But DOD should wait to conduct a new round until it first has taken a look at its long-term strategic and force structure needs. “I believe we have to take this in the proper sequence,” Wittman said …

Need for Federal Strategy to Address Excess Defense Infrastructure Is Urgent, ADC Says

  • June 4, 2014
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Congress needs to grant the Defense Department sufficient authority to deal with its surplus of infrastructure, otherwise DOD will be forced to hollow out many of its installations and the economies of affected defense communities will suffer, according to a policy statement approved by ADC’s board of directors this week. ADC issued the policy statement as the Pentagon and Congress remain in a years-long stalemate over the need for a series of cost-saving reforms even as the defense budget is subject to stringent spending caps and the military draws down from 12-plus years of war. “In an environment of declining support for installations, the only solution is to confront head-on the nation’s excess military infrastructure,” Bob Murdock, ADC’s outgoing president, told the audience Wednesday at the Defense Communities National Summit …

BRAC ‘Conversation Has Begun,’ Conger Tells Summit

  • June 4, 2014
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Despite painting a bleak future for military construction and facilities sustainment funding, the Pentagon’s top installations official on Wednesday expressed some optimism regarding the timeline for a new base closure round. Congress is on a course to dismiss the Obama administration’s BRAC request for a third straight year, but some indications have emerged that lawmakers’ rejection can eventually be overcome. One hopeful sign is a provision in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures and realignments …

Ft. Chaffee LRA Hopes to Expand Historic District

  • June 3, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort Chaffee in western Arkansas is planning to double the size of its 20-acre historic district as part of a long-term marketing effort. The district, built in the 1940s, represents “the heart’ of Chaffee Crossing, according to Joseph Chasteen, director of museums and the historic district for the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. “It shows the importance and impact Fort Chaffee had in Fort Smith,” Chasteen told the Times Record. The district’s most famous building is the barbershop where Elvis Presley received his first military haircut. The LRA restored the shop to its condition in 1958, and now is waiting on a grant to renovate the barracks were Presley stayed. Long-term plans call for turning the historic area into a walkable urban district and developing a “trail of tourism” from the post to downtown Fort Smith, Lorie Robertson, the authority’s director of marketing, told the paper.

Spending Bill includes Extra Funds to Speed BRAC Cleanups

  • June 3, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee boosted the Pentagon’s budget request for past BRAC rounds by $110 million in an effort to expedite the cleanup of closed and realigned installations. The committee recommended $380 million for the base closure account in the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill it approved last month. Congress allocated $451 million for the account in the current year …

Miller Has Led Conversion of Kelly AFB to Thriving Industrial Park

  • June 2, 2014
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Over the past 12 years, Bruce Miller has helped transform the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio into a 1,900-acre industrial complex that is home to over 80 private and public organizations and 12,000 workers centered in the aerospace, logistics, manufacturing and federal sectors. When he arrived in San Antonio after being named president and CEO, the reuse project already had an established base of tenants in the aerospace industry that preserved much of the base’s civilian workforce pre-dating Kelly’s closure. Miller in turn opted to focus on strategic redevelopment, tackling the need to demolish or rehabilitate existing facilities and upgrade aging infrastructure …

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