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HASC to Mark up Defense Policy Bill in Three Weeks

  • April 7, 2014
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The six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee will mark up their portions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill from April 30 to May 1, with the full committee markup scheduled for May 7.
The readiness subcommittee, which is responsible for installation policy including BRAC, will mark up its portion on May 1. The committee will post draft bills for each subcommittee and the full committee on its website prior to the markups, which will be streamed live.

Conventional Wisdom on Prospects for BRAC May Be Off, Expert Says

  • April 7, 2014
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Congress is closer to approving the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 than commonly believed, according to a commentary published Monday in Defense News. “Even as many House and Senate Armed Services committee members vow to block a BRAC round, other members are quietly indicating possible support for a 2017 BRAC round,” writes Barry Rhoads, co-chairman of Cassidy & Associates. Two key reasons are the military’s rapidly declining force structure and its worsening budget situation …

Air Force Reliance on Renewable Energy Climbs

  • April 6, 2014
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Production from renewable energy sources jumped 53 percent from 2012 to 2013 at Air Force installations, with 8 percent of the electricity consumed by the service coming from renewable sources in fiscal 2013, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, told lawmakers last week. This year the service is planning renewable projects expected to provide more than 31 megawatts of capacity. An additional 31 to 41 megawatts are planned for FY 2015 …

Unfunded Priorities Lists Unlikely to Be Fulfilled

  • April 6, 2014
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The military services last week sent Congress a list of $36 billion worth of priorities not included in DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request, including significant amounts of funding for facility needs. The lists, requested by the House Armed Services Committee, stand little chance of being funded, though, as lawmakers are unlikely to revisit the FY 2015 spending caps included in last December’s budget agreement. “It is not going to happen,” said Gordon Adams, a Stimson Center analyst responsible for the defense budget during the Clinton administration …

Study on European Basing Consolidation Nears Completion

  • April 6, 2014
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The Pentagon’s comprehensive review of its European infrastructure, an initiative to create long-term savings by closing facilities and consolidating operations, is expected to be completed later this spring, the department’s top installations official testified last week. Officials had planned on finishing the analysis by the end of 2013, but the effort fell behind schedule as a result of the challenging nature of the “holistic, joint review,” employee furloughs and other constraints …

Hawaii Military Affairs Council Hosts ASEAN Event

  • April 3, 2014
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The U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, an informal meeting of the defense ministers of 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held in Hawaii this week concluded with a luncheon Thursday hosted by the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. The luncheon was the forum’s only event hosted by a private organization and underscored the Hawaii community’s strong support for the military …

Appropriators Aim to Speed Progress on Spending Bills

  • April 3, 2014
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The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee advanced its draft fiscal 2015 spending measure Thursday, setting an early pace for enacting the federal government’s budget that House and Senate appropriators have pledged to maintain. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said the subcommittee markups of the milcon and legislative branch spending bills were the earliest of any appropriations bill since 1974 …

DOD Shouldn’t Attempt to Bypass BRAC, Armed Services Chair Warns

  • April 3, 2014
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Senate Democrats on Thursday forcefully warned the Defense Department against any attempt to close or realign installations outside of a BRAC round, reported the Hill. “If our Army or any of the other services proposes something in the budget which is not compliant with the BRAC process, in other words front-running the BRAC process, it will be triply difficult to get a BRAC process going,” Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Army Secretary John McHugh during his panel’s hearing on the service’s fiscal 2015 budget request …

FY’15 Milcon Funding to Plunge under House Bill

  • April 2, 2014
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Spending on military construction and family housing would drop by one-third in fiscal 2015 to $6.6 billion, under the draft spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs released Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee. The recommendation matches the funding requested last month in the Pentagon’s budget request and reflects the administration’s decision to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness …

Burke Previews Pentagon’s New Energy Policy

  • April 2, 2014
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Comprehensive guidance for DOD’s full range of energy activities — including operational and facility energy and energy-related elements of mission assurance — will be unveiled shortly, Sharon Burke, assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs, told the Senate Armed Services Readiness And Management Support Subcommittee Wednesday. The policy document follows a request from then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to produce a “shared narrative” for defense energy programs, reports American Forces Press Service. “I believe it’s very fair to say that the basic principles already guide our activities and have for some time …

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