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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Armed Services Chair Remains ‘Deeply Skeptical’ of BRAC Request

  • April 28, 2015
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Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, reiterated his opposition to the Pentagon’s request to conduct a BRAC round in 2017, in a fact sheet accompanying the chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The document acknowledges that DOD has expressed concerns that excess basing capacity is a financial drag on the department, as well as that its most recent capacity analysis is more than a decade old and does not reflect the probable future force posture. The fact sheet indicated, though, that Thornberry would remain extremely reluctant to approve a new round until the military’s roles and missions are better defined …

Texas Mayors Urge Lawmakers to Include $150M in Budget for Installations

  • April 28, 2015
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A coalition of defense communities in Texas is asking the state Legislature to include $150 million in the next two-year budget to support military installations. The money would be allocated to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for grants to help communities enhance installations. The request, which represents only one-tenth of 1 percent of the nearly $150 billion that the state’s 15 installations bring to the Texas economy is “a very small price to pay to protect the military mission and jobs at Texas military installations,” wrote the Texas Mayors of Military Communities. “If state investment is going to make a difference in a future BRAC outcome, funding for projects is needed during the FY 2016-2017 biennium …

BRAC Needed to Help Army ‘Right-Size’ Its Infrastructure, Halverson Says

  • April 27, 2015
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With the size of the Army’s active-duty force steadily dropping, the service needs to conduct a new round of base closures so it can eliminate unneeded infrastructure and direct its funds toward modernizing the infrastructure it does need, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, commander of Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for installation management, said last week. “In time, just putting off the health of your installations is degrading, and that’s a fine balance,” Halverson said at an Association of the U.S. Army breakfast, reported Army News Service. “You can do it for one year, you can do it for two years, but overall, you will not be able to modernize the capability that we need and so those are the decisions we have to look at now …

China Lake Community Needs to Address Water Shortfall, McGinn Says

  • April 26, 2015
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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is a valuable asset for the Navy that likely wouldn’t be threatened by a prospective BRAC round, the Navy’s top installations official told the China Lake Alliance during a luncheon last week. At the same time, the aquifer that China Lake relies on is in overdraft, jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of the installation located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, said Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. “Even if there were not China Lake and the Naval Air Warfare Center here, this would be an unsustainable situation …

Cultural Festival to Showcase Link between Monterey, Military Facilities

  • April 26, 2015
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The city of Monterey, Calif., will hold a cultural festival this weekend to highlight the community’s close relationship with its two military installations — the Presidio of Monterey, home of the Defense Language Institute, and the Naval Postgraduate School.
With a BRAC round looming, the inaugural Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival will provide an opportunity for Monterey to demonstrate its support for the two installations, according to Mayor Clyde Roberson. “We can provide the [Defense Department’s] mission here better than anywhere else,” Roberson said last week. “This is just one of the many steps we are taking.” Last year, Monterey County trademarked the slogan, the “Language Capital of the World,” as part of an effort to raise the profile of the Defense Language Institute. Military activity in Monterey contributes $1.4 billion to the local economy annually, reported the Monterey Herald.

How is DOD Assessing the Risks Posed by Turbines, Panel Asks

  • April 22, 2015
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With the number of wind farm projects with the potential to interfere with military training and testing activities on the rise, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is eager to learn how the Defense Department assesses the risk to military missions posed by wind energy development. Defense officials have reached agreements over mitigation measures in a number of instances in which proposed wind farms were located close to installations, training ranges or low-level training routes, according to report language attached to the subcommittee’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill …

Milcon Spending Bill Advances in House

  • April 22, 2015
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The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a $76.6 billion fiscal 2016 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs that provides a significant boost for military construction and family housing after spending on those programs dropped about one-third in the current year. Under the bill, military construction and family housing spending would rise $900 million over FY 2015 levels to $7.7 billion. The House’s proposal, however, still falls short of the Obama administration’s request for $8.4 billion in FY 2016. Milcon funding dropped in the current year as DOD opted to defer a portion of its construction program to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness …

Atlanta May Need to Help Finance Sale of Ft. McPherson

  • April 22, 2015
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The Atlanta City Council this week approved extending a $13 million line of credit to the Fort McPherson LRA, allowing the purchase of 330 acres of the post by filmmaker Tyler Perry to go ahead. Mayor Kasim Reed requested the line of credit as a backstop in the event the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority is unable to pay the Army the $26 million it is asking for the 488-acre installation. Reed told the council it needed to act with urgency …

Appropriations Committee Asks for Detailed Analysis of Infrastructure Needs in BRAC Study

  • April 22, 2015
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Citing its concern about the Pentagon’s repeated calls for a new BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to provide a comprehensive assessment of its infrastructure needs. “Though the committee is not endorsing or precluding another BRAC round, it is interested in more detailed information that would help lead Congress to make an informed decision on that question,” states the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure that was released Tuesday …

House Readiness Panel Dismisses BRAC Request

  • April 22, 2015
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee once again rejects the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, according to its portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The language in the draft bill stating that, “Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” affirms the committee’s intent to reject DOD’s request to conduct a BRAC round in 2017, the panel states …

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