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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

N.M. Lawmakers Advance Bill to Streamline Base Planning Panel

  • March 15, 2015
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The New Mexico Senate last week approved a measure trimming the size of the state Military Base Planning Commission from 17 to 12 members. The measure also would require that members of the commission, which is responsible for promoting and supporting the state’s military bases, represent counties that are adjacent to installations. The change is intended to make the panel more nimble as it strives to protect New Mexico’s military assets, said state Sen. Bill Burt (R), reported the Albuquerque Journal. Burt represents Alamogordo, home of Holloman Air Force Base. The move is needed as a new round of base closures could be held in the coming years, Burt said. The state has four major installations — Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB, Cannon AFB and White Sands Missile Range.

North Carolina Crafts Plan to Support Military Installations

  • March 13, 2015
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The state of North Carolina is developing a strategic plan to shore up its installations ahead of looming budget cuts, troop drawdowns and a possible BRAC round. Most of the issues the states plans to focus on involve host communities, including the quality of public schools, transportation infrastructure and encroachment, Cornell Wilson, the governor’s military adviser, told state lawmakers on Thursday. Another concern is the condition of training ranges …

Senate Panel Fails to Embrace Pentagon’s BRAC Request

  • March 12, 2015
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Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, reiterated her staunch opposition to a new BRAC round at her panel’s hearing Wednesday, a sentiment that was generally shared by the handful of members in attendance. “Even after acknowledging the shortcomings of the 2005 round, the department continues to request the same legislative framework,” Ayotte said at the outset of the hearing. “I remain opposed to BRAC and do not want to give the department the open-ended authority to pursue another BRAC round …

No Avoiding BRAC under Budget Constraints, Graham Says

  • March 11, 2015
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A new round of base closures will be needed if lawmakers keep the statutory caps on defense spending in place,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said at a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, as much as we all love our bases, we’re going to have to address this problem,” Graham said, reported CQ. “And if we want to insist upon sequestration,” he said, “then we’d better be willing to go back home and tell people, ‘You can’t get there from here and every base that’s open today is not going to survive …

EDA Grant to Support Demolition Project at Brooks City Base

  • March 11, 2015
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The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded Brooks City Base a $1.2 million grant to demolish 23 former military buildings that will create space for future development on San Antonio’s Southeast Side. The project’s total cost is about $2.4 million. The targeted buildings were deemed unsuitable for reuse and are either vacant or lacking in modern efficiencies. Redevelopment of the property could lead to the creation of 1,500 jobs, according to a press release. “Brooks City Base has transformed into a thriving mixed-use community but, as a former military base, there are still several small, old or otherwise unusable buildings that we need to remove before we can fully maximize our potential,” said Brooks City Base President & CEO Leo Gomez …

Army Demands $23.1M from Virginia for Ft. Monroe Parcels

  • March 10, 2015
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The Army is asking the Fort Monroe Authority to pay $23.1 million for a portion of the post that did not automatically revert to the commonwealth of Virginia after it closed. Since negotiations began, the Army has insisted the state pay for parts of the installation, located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, built up after the two signed the reversion clause in the 1830s, including the marina and land Army engineers constructed along Mill Creek. The state would compensate the Army by funding infrastructure projects close to Army facilities designed to improve both the installation and the surrounding community, according to a “deal points” document released by the Fort Monroe Authority …

BRAC Process Would Help VA Replace Obsolete Facilities

  • March 9, 2015
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Veterans Affairs officials have concluded the agency is badly in need of a BRAC-like process that would allow it to dispose of hundreds of facilities that are either antiquated or no longer needed because they are located far from veteran populations. “VA cannot be a sound steward of the taxpayers’ resources with the asset portfolio we carry. No business would carry such a portfolio, and veterans deserve better,” Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week. “It’s time to close VA’s old substandard and underutilized infrastructure …

Carter Testimony Highlights BRAC Successes

  • March 8, 2015
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The 19-page testimony on DOD’s fiscal 2016 budget request that Secretary Ashton Carter submitted to two congressional committees last week argued for a BRAC round in 2017, but it also included a nod to several communities that have successfully recovered from a base closure. The justification for a new round is clear, Carter says. “Simply put, we have more bases in more places than we need. We estimate DOD has about 25 percent more infrastructure capacity than necessary,” according to his written testimony. “We must be permitted to divest surplus infrastructure as we reduce and renew force structure. With projected recurring savings from a new BRAC round totaling some $2 billion a year, it would be irresponsible to cut tooth without also cutting tail …

Budget Caps Threaten Activity at Fort Hood, Support Group Official Says

  • March 8, 2015
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If Congress fails to provide the Pentagon relief from the Budget Control Act spending caps, Fort Hood will experience “death by a thousand cuts,” the head of the post’s local support group told the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. last week. “Fort Hood is an enduring, capable installation,” said Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance. “The question is, at what level? …

New BRAC Round Would Generate Savings, Conger Says

  • March 4, 2015
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The Pentagon’s senior installations official told lawmakers Tuesday that the BRAC round DOD is requesting would realize savings much more quickly than the 2005 round. “We look at the next round as an efficiency-driven one,” John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. “In such a budget environment as we have today, it only makes sense to avoid spending money on excess …

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