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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Air Force Confirms Intention to Ask Congress for BRAC Authorization

  • January 15, 2015
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Thursday acknowledged DOD would be asking Congress to hold another BRAC round as part of the fiscal 2016 budget request. James, who was delivering a “State of the Air Force” briefing at the Pentagon along with Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, also told reporters that the new budget would ask to retire fleets of aging aircraft, including the A-10 Warthog, as it did last year. “We are going to be asking the Congress of course to eliminate sequestration, we will renew that call, as well as to allow us to get rid of excess base infrastructure. We’ll be renewing that as well. And we will once again ask for the authority to divest some of our older aircraft in order to free up money to plow back into people, readiness, and modernization …

Army Planners Look Ahead to Looming BRAC Round

  • January 15, 2015
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The Army is banking on a new round of base closures to eliminate excess infrastructure, and plans to craft a strategy for realigning and closing installations so it is ready when the next BRAC is authorized, according to the 2025 vision and strategy document the Army’s office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment released recently. “While DOD has not yet been given the authority to execute another round of BRAC inside the United States, it is expected to be authorized in the near term as it is the best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner …

Renovation of Former Army Clinic at Ft. Monmouth to Finish Shortly

  • January 15, 2015
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The $5 million renovation of the former Patterson Army Health Clinic at Fort Monmouth, N.J., is scheduled to be completed early this year. One half of the clinic, which served as an outpatient and dental clinic when the post was shuttered, will be turned into an outpatient facility for the elderly. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly operation will provide elderly citizens the option to meet their health care needs in their community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility, reported Word on the Shore. The other half will house health care or related services …

No BRAC until Military’s Future Role Is Clarified, Thornberry Says

  • January 15, 2015
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One week after taking the reins of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) revealed a strong reluctance to consider authorizing a new round of base closures, and underscored the need to better define the future roles and missions of the nation’s military before going ahead. “We are still having a discussion in this country about what the role of the United States is in the world and about what sort of military capabilities we need to fulfill that role. Once you give up a base or a training range, it’s gone forever …

Army May Not Return Oregon Chemical Depot Site to LRA

  • January 13, 2015
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The Army is reconsidering a plan to transfer thousands of acres at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot in northern Oregon to the site’s local redevelopment authority at no cost. The Columbia Development Authority, formerly the Umatilla Army Depot Reuse Authority, had planned on obtaining up to 9,500 acres via a no-cost economic development conveyance, with 3,000 acres designated for industrial development. The LRA doesn’t have the resources to purchase the site, reported the East Oregonian. “It was a pretty significant reversal from what we had been told up until last month,” project manager Don Chance told the authority’s board …

Defense Officials Signal Intention to Request New BRAC Round

  • January 11, 2015
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Comments last week by two senior DOD officials provided a relatively strong indication the Obama administration once more will ask Congress for permission to conduct another round of base closures when it submits its fiscal 2016 budget request next month. On Friday Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters that the European infrastructure consolidation announced the previous day didn’t change the department’s view of the pressing need for a new BRAC round. “You know, we’re operating right now with what we think is about a 25 percent excess infrastructure here in the continental United States. And we simply can’t afford that,” said Kirby. “And I suspect you’ll see that — that be part of the discussion moving forward into February,” he said …

Pentagon Unveils Consolidation Plan for European Basing

  • January 8, 2015
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The Defense Department will close a major U.S. Air Force base in the United Kingdom and 14 other European facilities as part of an infrastructure consolidation expected to save $500 million annually. Thursday’s announcement by senior defense officials represented the culmination of the European Infrastructure Consolidation process, a two-year effort designed to improve the efficiency of the U.S. presence in Europe by eliminating excess infrastructure. “[The] bottom line for us was that we wanted to preserve our operational capability, while reducing the cost of supporting it,” said John Conger …

BRAC Lurks below Surface of European Infrastructure Initiative

  • January 8, 2015
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The European Infrastructure Consolidation announced Thursday should help DOD make its case to Congress for a new BRAC round, according to the Pentagon’s top installations official. Since the Obama administration first asked permission three years ago to conduct additional base closures, one of the most popular reasons cited by lawmakers for ignoring the request was that the department still needed to streamline its overseas footprint. On Thursday, John Conger, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledged the effort to pare excess infrastructure partially was intended to respond to lawmakers’ concerns …

Only One New Hampshire Senator at Top of Readiness Panel

  • January 8, 2015
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) will head up the Readiness and Management Support panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress, but she no longer will share the subcommittee’s leadership with her fellow New Hampshirite, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D). In the past Congress, Shaheen had been the subcommittee chair, with Ayotte as the ranking member. But now with Republicans controlling the Senate, Ayotte will take the gavel of the Readiness panel and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) will serve as the ranking member. Shaheen, however, will remain on the full committee …

State-of-the Art Street Lighting at Brunswick Landing to Generate Hefty Energy Savings

  • January 8, 2015
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New street lighting installed at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, features dimming controls that are expected to trim the LRA’s energy and maintenance costs by 80 percent. The project — which upgraded 650 street and area lights with new LED fixtures and radio frequency-enabled control and monitoring systems at Brunswick Landing — was developed and financed by Pemco Holdings LLC. The effort did not require any upfront capital from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; it will be paid for from savings generated by the program over a 10-year period …

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