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Monterey Paved the Way for Communities, Installations to Share Municipal Services

  • January 22, 2015
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NPR’s Morning Edition on Thursday featured the pioneering partnership between the city of Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey that delivers many base operating services to the installation at a lower cost than it had been paying. The initiative, which began more than two decades ago as a pilot project, helped convince lawmakers to include language in the FY 2013 defense authorization bill permitting all installations to form partnerships with their host communities to share support services for most municipal functions. In the two years since the legislation was enacted, Air Force and Army installations have been trying to take advantage of the new authority by collaborating with their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements …

Malmstrom Supporter Eyes Potential for Mission Growth in Next BRAC

  • January 21, 2015
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Malmstrom Air Force Base has the potential to benefit from a new round of base closures through mission growth, according to David Weissman, chairman of the Montana Defense Alliance. “We think that there might be the opportunity through the BRAC to actually increase the size of Malmstrom if they were to reduce a base and move assets around. So our strategy would actually be to look at growth,” Weissman told KRTV. Congress has ignored the Pentagon’s calls for a BRAC recently, but Weissman believes lawmakers are close to realizing that the military services need a way to pare down their excess capacity. “I believe that the next year or so will be pretty eye-opening for them all and they’ll come around and believe it’s the right thing to do,” he said …

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 …

GOP Widens Majority on House Armed Services

  • January 15, 2015
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Republicans will increase their majority on the House Armed Services Committee in the new Congress to reflect the party’s expanded majority in the chamber. The party’s majority will increase by three, from 34-28 to 36-27, with the committee growing from 62 to 63 members, reported CQ. That change follows increased interest in national security, according to Republican aides. The expanded majority means it will be more difficult for Democrats to obtain compromises on matters before the panel …

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 …

New Year Ushers in New Installations, Energy Organization at Pentagon

  • January 11, 2015
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The Defense Department has merged its installations and operational energy organizations to comply with the newly enacted fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The newly formed organization, the office of the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment, is being run by John Conger, who had been acting deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment. But because the new officeholder needs to be nominated by the president and is subject to Senate confirmation, Conger’s official title now is “performing the duties of the ASD for energy, installations and environment,” DOD spokesman Mark Wright told 360 …

Governors Brace for Next Iteration of Battle over Army National Guard Aircraft

  • January 11, 2015
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After successfully fending off the Army’s plan last year to shift the National Guard’s Apache attack helicopters to the active component, the nation’s governors are expecting another fight over the Guard this year. “We already know that the Pentagon intends to resubmit plans to reduce the size of the Army Guard and to remove the Guard’s Apache helicopters,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said last week at a State of the States speech in Washington. “Governors and Congress said no once. And we will say it again. The Guard is the most cost-effective, combat-ready force in our nation’s arsenal,” said Herbert, who serves as co-chairman of the National Governors Association …

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 …

Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Earns Temporary Reprieve in Policy Bill

  • January 7, 2015
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The Air Force will not be able deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field, as soon it had planned as a result of language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill sponsored last year by then-Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). An amendment halting all C-130H and C-130J aircraft transfers until 60 days after the Air Force issues a report outlining a justification of its decision that was added to the Senate version of the measure was included in the compromise legislation enacted last month. The language also calls for the Government Accountability Office to review the Air Force report …

Great Falls Approves Partnership Charter with Air Force

  • January 7, 2015
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The Great Falls (Mont.) City Commission on Tuesday approved the charter for the Air Force Community Partnership program, an effort under way over the last year to identify possible functions for which the city or Cascade County and Malmstrom Air Force Base could share services. A task force has been considering partnership opportunities for training, public works, radio communication for emergency responders, economic development and other options, reported the Great Falls Tribune. The Cascade County Commission approved the charter on Dec. 23; leadership at Malmstrom and the 120th Airlift Wing leadership previously approved it. The charter formalizes the process for establishing partnerships between Malmstrom, Great Falls and Cascade County …

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