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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

BRAC Cleanup Funding to Continue Long-Term Decline under FY’16 Request

  • February 5, 2015
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Funding to clean up installations closed during the first five BRAC rounds would fall 20 percent to $251.3 million in fiscal 2016, under the president’s new budget proposal. The request would continue a sharp drop in funding for past base closure rounds since FY 2013, when Congress allocated $759.6 million for cleanup and other closure costs. The FY 2015 omnibus spending bill approved in December provided $315 million for past BRAC cleanups. That allocation, however, represented a $45 million increase over the president’s budget request, and lawmakers may be inclined to boost the administration’s request again for FY 2016 …

State Designates Ft. Monmouth as Quarantine Center, Raising Questions from Local Officials

  • February 5, 2015
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State lawmakers and local officials on the board of the Fort Monmouth LRA are wondering how the closed installation was selected by New Jersey to serve as the backup quarantine center for travelers flying to Newark Liberty International Airport from West Africa who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus. The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority was not consulted before the state reached a six-month agreement with the Army to quarantine travelers at the post who are at risk of contracting Ebola but have not yet displayed symptoms, reported the Asbury Park Press. “This lease was imposed on [the authority] by the executive branch and was not vetted at a public meeting or voted on by the entire board,” according to a statement from Monmouth County Freehold Lillian Burry and the mayors of the three towns that surround Fort Monmouth …

Carter Favors an ‘Efficiency’ BRAC

  • February 3, 2015
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Ashton Carter, the president’s nominee for defense secretary, said he would direct the department to carry out a base closure round that focuses on efficiency and consolidation rather than transformation if Congress authorizes a new BRAC, according to written answers he provided the Senate Armed Services Committee in advance of his confirmation hearing Wednesday. “BRAC 2005 was skewed by the fact that a large number of its recommendations were focused on transformation, had high up-front costs and were never expected to yield savings,” Carter stated. “However, those recommendations that were focused on efficiency had impressive payback and accounted for a small portion of the costs — much like the 1993 and 1995 rounds …

New BRAC Round Would Limit Military Force Structure, Forbes Says

  • February 3, 2015
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said he opposes a new BRAC because conducting a round of base closures would freeze the military’s force structure at a level he believes is too low. “If you believe, as I believe, that these force structures are not right, that we are going to have to build these force structures up greater, then you’d better fight like the dickens to make sure you don’t have a BRAC …

Congress Will Come around on BRAC, Pentagon Official Says

  • February 2, 2015
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Congress ultimately will approve DOD’s request to hold a new BRAC round, Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord said Monday, but he acknowledged it could take more time. During a briefing on Monday on the department’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal — which repeats last year’s request to hold a base closure round in 2017 — McCord recalled the two decades he spent as a staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee.“I spent five years working with Sen. [John] McCain’s staff, at the time to get authority for what turned into the 2005 BRAC round,” he said. “We started back in 1997. So it doesn’t necessarily happen overnight. And in this case, it certainly has not …

Colorado Depot LRA Taps Matrix to Prepare Reuse Plan

  • February 2, 2015
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The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., on Friday selected Colorado Springs-based Matrix Design Group to craft a redevelopment plan and homeless assistance submission for the Colorado site. PuebloPlex hopes to complete contract negotiations in time for Matrix to begin work shortly. The plan will cover 16,000 acres at the depot that the Army declared surplus in late 2013. The Army will retain control of about 7,000 acres at the depot — which was realigned under the 1988 BRAC round — until it finishes destroying mustard-agent weapons stored there …

Brunswick Landing Launches Technology Accelerator

  • February 1, 2015
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TechPlace, a business incubator and technology accelerator intended to help replace the 4,800 jobs lost as result of the closure of Naval Air Station Brunswick, officially opened last week, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority announced. TechPlace will support the business development needs of early-stage companies and startups in a shared and collaborative work environment by providing them a place to network with others, research and develop ideas, build prototypes, test and assemble products, and become successful manufacturing and technology companies, according to a press release. The incubator will support the business clusters of aerospace/aviation, composites/advanced materials, biotech/biomed, renewable energy and information services technologies …

To Protect Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton Leaders Focus on Big Picture

  • January 29, 2015
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base benefited significantly from the last round of base closures and Dayton, Ohio, leaders are aiming to ensure DOD budget constraints don’t cut into those gains. In the current environment, local officials are just as concerned with preserving the installation’s current missions as securing new ones. “This is about the long-term relationship we have with the Air Force, and not a mission-by-mission effort,” Jim Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, told the Dayton Business Journal. “Of course we want some of those new missions but we’re going to stay focused on the big picture, protecting those major assets …

Race to Add Buffer Space Won’t Help a Base Make Its Case, Experts Say

  • January 27, 2015
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The pressure of a looming BRAC round has prompted many defense communities to expand buffer zones around local installations to protect them from encroachment, but the efforts likely won’t impress Pentagon officials developing closure recommendations, according to several experts. “I think it’s a misguided competition,” Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Pensacola News Journal. “A buffer zone may reduce noise complaints, but I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference to the DOD …

Buckley AFB Well Positioned for Next BRAC, Commander Says

  • January 27, 2015
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The numerous assets of Buckley Air Force Base, located outside of Denver, should shield it in a future BRAC round and, possibly, help it attract new missions, the commander of the installation’s 460th Space Wing said last week during his state of the base speech. Buckley’s focus on global missile detection using satellites, its strategic western location and its availability of land for development make it a candidate for growth, Col. John Wagner said, reported the Aurora Sentinel. “I’m not concerned about a closure, I’m really trying to figure out how we can adequately accommodate expansion, because we can absorb more missions and more people, but we want to do it smartly …

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