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It’s Not Entirely Clear How Much Excess Capacity Exists in DOD, GAO Finds

  • June 20, 2013
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It is difficult to evaluate the accuracy of the Pentagon’s estimate that about 20 percent excess capacity remains since the end of BRAC 2005 due to a number of limitations in the methods DOD uses to estimate its surplus property outside of a base closure round, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DOD has recently stated that it has 20 percent excess capacity based on calculations conducted in 2004 and 2005. GAO found, however, that the calculation combined figures expressing different measures …

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Budget Morass Holding Air Force Back, Donley Says

  • May 27, 2013
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The lack of a consensus between the Pentagon and Congress on a range of budget and strategic issues affecting the Air Force, especially changes to its force structure, could jeopardize the effectiveness of the service in the coming decade, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told reporters during his last scheduled news conference. “We need a broader discussion with Congress on the strategic choices we’re going to have to make as a nation to make sure that we retain an effective and capable military and, for us, maintain our role as the best Air Force in the world over the next 10 years …

Readiness Panel Rejects BRAC Request

  • May 23, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee made it clear Thursday that it opposes the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, approving language in its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would preclude the department from using FY 2014 appropriations “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round.” Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said further review — including congressional hearings and DOD analysis — would be required before the Armed Services Committee could consider endorsing a new round of base closures …

GSA Sells Twin Cities Ammo Plant Parcel to County

  • May 12, 2013
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The General Services Administration sold and transferred a 427-acre portion of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant to Ramsey County, Minn., last week for $28 million. The deal transfers ownership of 397 acres to the county immediately, while the remaining 30 acres will be transferred after it conducts environmental remediation, which is expected to take approximately three years. Remediation and building demolition at the site currently is under way through a contract executed by the county …

DLA’s Departure Could Result in Closure of Northern California Depot

  • May 1, 2013
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The Defense Logistics Agency’s decision to move its operations from a depot located 60 miles east of Oakland could result in the closure of the 724-acre Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin – Sharpe. The agency plans to relinquish its permit to use the site in Lathrop, Calif., to the Army; the facility formerly had been known as the Sharpe Army Depot. DLA intends to shift its operations at the Sharpe site to nearby Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin – Tracy and possibly other agency facilities …

Army Needs BRAC Now, McHugh Says

  • April 30, 2013
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The Army is spending millions of dollars on installations that are “simply unusable” as the cost of upkeep for antiquated facilities climbs exorbitantly, Secretary John McHugh told reporters Tuesday. As the Army struggles to absorb deep spending cuts, eliminating unneeded installations would provide it with funds that could be used elsewhere. McHugh told reporters that he supports the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, reported the Hill. The secretary acknowledged the political perils that await anyone who supports another round of base closures and agreed that shuttering a large post could be harmful to the local economy. But the “highly effective use” of BRAC could generate a significant savings for DOD, he said.

House Panel Presses Administration to Accelerate Disposal of Vacant Properties

  • April 28, 2013
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A House Oversight subcommittee used the setting of a vacant warehouse in Southeast Washington less than a mile away from Capitol Hill on Thursday to hold the latest in a series of hearings highlighting the federal government’s slow pace in disposing of unneeded properties. The General Services Administration-owned warehouse has been empty since September 2009 and costs the government $70,000 a year to maintain. “It’s just a pattern of not being able to make decisions, and it’s remarkable given that we’re in the nation’s capital …

Spending Cuts May Force Decision on BRAC, Donley Says

  • April 23, 2013
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Funding constraints are causing the Air Force to curtail training for 13 fighter and bomber squadrons through the end of the fiscal year, but belt-tightening may help the Air Force reach one of its long-term goals, paring down its portfolio of bases. “It’s a significant forcing function,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Tuesday of one benefit of dealing with spending cuts …

Army Already Consolidating European Basing, Hammack Says

  • April 22, 2013
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One argument lawmakers have made to counter the administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round is that the Defense Department first should review its overseas infrastructure before scrutinizing its domestic real estate. The Army already is in the midst of an effort to consolidate its European footprint, points out Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. The service is on pace to reduce its force structure in Europe by more than 45 percent by the end of 2016 …

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