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No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

Officials Look to Limit Incompatible Land Uses outside Montana National Guard Facility

  • December 18, 2014
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An effort to protect an Army National Guard training facility in Helena, Mont., from encroachment has identified a variety of issues in which potential conflicts with the surrounding community could be reduced. The recommended solutions are part of the draft report from a $160,000, two-year joint land use study (JLUS) for Fort Harrison. Issues the community should address include roadway conditions and capacity, air quality, and light and glare, reported the Independent Record. Another issue considered in the report is the use of land use regulations to limit the height of buildings and structures, a critical concern for helicopter operations at the installation …

DOD Needs to Assess Threat from Foreign Governments to Training Ranges, GAO Finds

  • December 16, 2014
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For many years, the Defense Department has been concerned about the challenges posed by urban development, endangered species habitat and other external influences that could interfere with the use of its installations and training ranges. More recently, defense officials have reported concerns with security encroachment by foreign entities that acquire assets near test and training ranges that provide an opportunity for surveillance of DOD activities. To date, however, DOD has not conducted a risk assessment to determine the degree to which “foreign encroachment” poses a threat its ranges, nor issued guidance directing the services to conduct such assessments, concludes the Government Accountability Office in a new report …

Cannon AFB Adds 600-Acre Parcel Courtesy of State

  • December 14, 2014
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The state of New Mexico recently purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and donated it to the Air Force, the community support group for the installation said last week. The transaction stems from the effort spearheaded by the Clovis Committee of 50 to save the base located in eastern New Mexico from closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The group had argued that Cannon’s key assets included a lack of encroachment and the availability of land for future growth. At the urging of local officials, then-Gov. Bill Richardson approved a $5 million grant to purchase land and water rights to benefit the installation …

State Approves Projects Benefitting Corpus Christi Installations

  • December 8, 2014
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Two state agencies last week approved $4.5 million in projects intended to bolster Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot, including an effort to protect the air station’s flight training mission from encroachment. The projects are intended to increase the military value of the two installations in advance of DOD budget cuts. Mark Scott, a member of the Corpus Christi City Council and South Texas Military Facilities Task Force, said the initiative is a concrete illustration of the community’s support for the installations. “What it tells the military is that we have tangible assets in the game, that we are financially committed to their long-term presence …

South Dakota Authority Needs Consultant for JLUS at Ellsworth AFB

  • December 3, 2014
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The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority (SDEDA) in Rapid City, S.D., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study for the communities surrounding Ellsworth Air Force Base. The effort is funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment which provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of military installation complexes. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, impact/analysis concerning air installation compatible use zones, economic development, and military installation management and operations …

Local, State Officials Move ahead with Plans to Purchase Properties outside Robins AFB

  • December 2, 2014
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The state of Georgia is targeting mobile home parks in attempt to lower residential density as it ramps up its effort to purchase properties surrounding the airfield at Robins Air Force Base. The state effort, which is focused on northern Houston County, follows a similar initiative in southern Bibb County to purchase properties near Robins affected by aircraft noise, reports the Telegraph. The state, Bibb, Houston and Peach counties, and DOD are spending a total of $29.8 million to limit encroachment around the base in Middle Georgia …

BLM Assessment Keeps Southwestern Transmission Line on Track

  • December 1, 2014
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The Bureau of Land Management last week found no significant environmental impact from burying a five-mile section of a proposed high-voltage transmission line that traverses the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., bringing the 515-mile project one step close to gaining final approval. The proposal to bury a section of the transmission line was part of a compromise reached in May between the Defense Department and BLM to settle a dispute between the developer of the SunZia project and supporters of White Sands over the line’s potential to impact testing and evaluation activities at the missile range. If no significant concerns are raised during the 30-day public comment period, BLM could move forward with a record of decision in January …

N.C. County Seeks Consultant to Perform JLUS at MCAS Cherry Point

  • November 19, 2014
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Carteret County, N.C.., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, ALF Bogue, OLF Atlantic, BT-11, BT-9 and the surrounding communities. The effort is funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment which provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of military installation complexes. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, ecosystem management/impact analysis, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. A final JLUS report will be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Responses are due by Dec. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m. The complete request for proposal may be found on the Carteret County website. All questions regarding this RFP shall be in written form and directed to Eugene Foxworth at eugene.foxworth@carteretcountync.gov.

Obama Required to Explain Order Blocking Chinese Investment in Wind Farms, Judge Rules

  • November 10, 2014
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The Obama administration needs to explain why it moved in September 2012 to prohibit a Chinese company from acquiring four wind farms located near a Navy training facility in north central Oregon, a federal judge ruled last week. The order by a U.S. judge for the District of Columbia also requires the president to justify withholding any information from Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. on grounds of executive privilege. It does not, however, require the federal government to disclose classified information. Judge Amy Jackson’s order followed a ruling in July by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Obama had violated the company’s constitutional due process rights when he blocked the firm’s purchase of the wind farms …

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