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BRAC Is Only Way to Alleviate Excess Capacity, Hammack Tells Lawmakers

  • April 8, 2014
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The Army’s top installations official made the case for a new BRAC round during a Capitol Hill hearing last week, citing the service’s declining force structure and recent efforts to downsize its footprint in Europe. “The best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner is through the BRAC (base realignment and closure) Commission process,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

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 …

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 …

Senate Panel Reiterates Opposition to BRAC Request

  • April 2, 2014
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The top two lawmakers on Senate Armed Services’ readiness subcommittee on Wednesday pushed back against the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC in 2017, repeating past criticism about the cost of the last round while questioning DOD’s contention that is has significant excess capacity. Subcommittee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and ranking member Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both opposed the department’s request last year for a new round and their stance seems to have changed very little since then …

Alabama Congressman Wonders if BRAC Would Benefit Huntsville in Future

  • April 1, 2014
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Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding region of Huntsville, Ala., was one of the big winners in the 2005 round of BRAC, but Rep. Mo Brooks (R) warned a local audience that the area might not be so fortunate next time. “There are a lot of folks who would love to be able to take that job that’s at Redstone Arsenal and move it and they see BRAC as a way to do that,” Brooks told attendees Monday at a Washington update hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

Air Force Plan to Retire A-10s Poses Dilemma for Lawmakers

  • March 30, 2014
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House lawmakers expressed frustration over the Air Force’s plan to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, as witnesses testified during multiple hearings last week that the aircraft’s value to the force could not overcome the overwhelming need to trim the service’s budget. “If you look at risks, capabilities and operational needs, the A-10 should not be retired,” Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, told the Hill. Yet, Turner said he did not know whether the committee could find offsetting cuts in the fiscal 2015 budget to save the fleet of 283 A-10 Warthogs …

Senate Defense Subcommittees Schedule NDAA Markups for Open Session

  • March 20, 2014
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Four of the six Senate Armed Services Subcommittees will hold markups of the 2015 Defense authorization bill in open session, an increase over three subcommittees last year, according to the committee’s schedule.This year, the Emerging Threats subcommittee joins the Readiness, Airland and Personnel subcommittees in holding markup in an open session…

Reduction in Army Brigades to Follow Cuts in End Strength, Vice Chief Says

  • March 13, 2014
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Army planners are determining how many brigade combat teams will need to be eliminated as the service’s active-duty forces shrink to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers, the end strength included in its fiscal 2015 budget request. The Army’s size is slated to drop to 420,000 under DOD’s five-year spending plan, an outcome which could be averted if Congress lifts the spending caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act. The Army already is reducing the number of brigade combat teams from 45 to 32 as part of its plan to shrink its active component end strength by 80,000 soldiers to 490,000 by 2015 …

Need for BRAC is Clear, Installation Officials Tell Lawmakers

  • March 12, 2014
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A new round of base closures is needed to avoid wasting money on unneeded facilities, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday. Equally important, granting DOD the authority to realign and shutter installations also would free up defense funds for other urgent priorities, including readiness and modernization, Conger told lawmakers. The services’ installation chiefs who testified along with Conger all emphasized that they have excess capacity, a disparity that is particularly acute for the Army and Air Force …

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