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House Adopts Language Barring BRAC

  • June 12, 2015
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House lawmakers approved an amendment prohibiting the Defense Department from spending funds to propose, plan for or carry out a new round of base closures in fiscal 2016, before passing on Thursday the underlying defense appropriations bill for next year. The move probably won’t have any practical effect as this year’s defense authorization bill likely will reject the Obama administration’s request to hold a round in 2017, but it does underscore lawmakers’ opposition to BRAC. The chamber previously adopted similar language when it took up the FY 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure in April. Much of the debate over the legislation focused on its use of DOD’s war account to sidestep the statutory spending caps in order to meet the Pentagon’s budget request …

BRAC Featured Prominently in Latest White House Veto Threat

  • June 11, 2015
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The House’s fiscal 2016 defense spending bill would undermine a new round of base closures and prevent DOD from aligning its infrastructure with the needs of its evolving force, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said this week in explaining the White House’s threat to veto the legislation. The appropriations bill, which the House began debating Wednesday, does not includes $10.5 million that President Obama requested for planning and analyses to support a BRAC round in 2017, according to OMB’s response to the measure, H.R. 2685. “This impairs the ability of the executive branch to plan for contingencies or make other needed adjustments that would improve military effectiveness and efficiency …

Two Army Communities Suffer Population Loss, Report Shows

  • June 11, 2015
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Two cities with large Army posts have landed on a U.S. Census Bureau list of shrinking cities, with Columbus, Ga., home of Fort Benning, reaching the top of the ranking. The population of Columbus dropped 1.5 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, reported, which linked the decline to a lower-than-expected surge at Benning from the last round of base closures. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disputed the report, however, calling it “completely irresponsible …

Connecticut Sub Base to Host New Command

  • June 11, 2015
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A new command to train Navy forces in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures for anti-submarine warfare will be formed over the summer at Naval Submarine Base New London, the Navy announced this week. The Undersea Warfighting Development Center will be led by a one-star admiral and bring 52 jobs to the base in Groton, Conn., including 33 military personnel and 19 civilians. The announcement represents the “natural progression” of the significant federal investments made at the base over the past eight years, Rep. Joe Courtney (D) told the Day. The new command, which will have detachments in San Diego and Norfolk, Va., should help protect the submarine base in a future round of base closures. “BRAC is a wild card process,” Courtney said. “You never want to take anything for granted, but in terms of making the case for Groton’s long-term value, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

Texas Communities to Pursue Higher Level of Funding to Support Installations

  • June 10, 2015
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After securing $30 million in defense economic adjustment assistance in Texas’ budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium to help support local installations, defense communities in the state are going to continue their campaign for $150 million to fend off a looming BRAC round. The lobbyist for Texas Mayors of Military Communities intends to meet with lawmakers from districts without bases to explain the significance of the state’s military presence, reports the El Paso Times. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had initially proposed allocating $30 million to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the new budget, but lawmakers almost ignored the request …

Academic Standards Can Help Support the Military, Report Says

  • June 9, 2015
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Academic standards adopted by Florida for its public schools, along with associated assessment tests, could help the state retains its military installations in a future BRAC round, according to the latest report from a nonprofit promoting smart investments in America’s children. The study from Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan organization of over 500 retired senior military leaders, points to the Army’s recent effort to evaluate the achievement at public schools in communities neighboring its installations. “Rigorous standards and assessments can help schools serve military families and improve at a faster pace. This is especially important in light of recent studies showing that public schools near some military installations are lower on some measures of performance, including high school graduation rates, than other schools in the state …

‘We’ll Get There,’ Carter Says about a New BRAC Round

  • June 8, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed to continue pursuing another BRAC round until Congress relents, during remarks Thursday at a town hall event in Stuttgart, Germany. “It must be done,” Carter told troops from Africa Command, reported “We can’t let tail and not tooth eat our budget. And so where we have unneeded infrastructure, and BRAC obviously pertains to unneeded infrastructure in the United States, we’ve got to get after that,” he said. “I am in an ongoing argument essentially with the Congress over this necessity,” Carter explained. This year’s request by President Obama to hold a BRAC round in 2017 represents the fourth consecutive year the administration has asked Congress to approve one or more base closure rounds. “But we’re going to keep trying. And I think at some point we’ll get there,” Carter said.

Treasure Island Project Poised to Move ahead following Property Transfer

  • June 4, 2015
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Infrastructure development at Treasure Island could begin by 2016 with the first residential units going up the next year, following the Navy’s transfer last week of 290 acres at its former base in San Francisco Bay to the city of San Francisco. “This is a huge milestone … and a culmination of many years of work,” said Robert Beck, director of the Treasure Island Development Authority. The 290 acres encompass half of Treasure Island as well as adjoining Yerba Buena Island. The remaining 200 acres will be handed over in five subsequent transfers over the next seven years, Beck told the Examiner. The Navy will receive $55 million over the next 10 years for the land …

White House Highlights Need for BRAC in Veto Threat over Senate Measure

  • June 3, 2015
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The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday cited the lack of language authorizing a new BRAC round as one of the key factors that could prompt President Obama to veto the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. OMB’s “Statement of Administration Policy” echoed the veto threat the agency issued last month in response to the House version of the policy bill. Both statements highlighted the need for a BRAC round and the bills’ reliance on DOD’s war account to boost its budget rather than raising the Budget Control Act spending caps as issues that would need to be resolved before the president would sign the legislation …

Youngstown Chamber Launches Commission to Protect Air Reserve Station

  • June 2, 2015
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The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber this week launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to promote Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio ahead of a looming BRAC round. The commission will aim to enhance the military value and national defense excellence at the installation and other military facilities throughout eastern Ohio, reported A local campaign successfully shielded the air station from the last round of base closures, but the installation’s mission and economic impact has declined over the past decade as four aircraft and the crews that maintain them were transferred elsewhere. “Along with many peers, we continue to see local operations shrink,” said John Rossi, president of the chamber foundation. “Instead of merely witnessing reductions, we choose to embrace the military decision-making process and demonstrate the value of our base and importance of our mission,” Rossi said. The air station generates about $180 million of activity annually for the Mahoning Valley’s economy. Two years ago, however, it produced more than $200 million annually for the region.

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