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Growth in Cyber Missions at Fort Meade Spurs Construction Boom outside Gates

  • October 15, 2013
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Rapid growth at Fort Meade, located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md., has transformed its surrounding community with an influx of new employees and high-paying jobs. As the longtime home of the National Security Agency, Fort Meade is the center of electronic intelligence and cyber operations for the nation. Growth around the post was spurred by the creation of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010 and relocation of the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2011 …

U.S., Japan Codify Changes to Marine Corps Realignment

  • October 3, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry and their Japanese counterparts reaffirmed their commitment to shift thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a signing ceremony Thursday in Tokyo. Under the realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters. The Japanese government will contribute $3.1 billion to support the effort to build new facilities to accommodate the troops …

U.S., Japan to Ink Deal on Marine Corps Realignment to Guam

  • September 30, 2013
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High-level officials from the United States and Japan on Thursday are expected to revise the bilateral accord governing the transfer of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa to Guam, codifying last year’s agreement that scaled back the realignment from about 9,000 Marines to 4,000 personnel. The two nations will sign the revised agreement during their “two-plus-two” meeting in Tokyo; the United States will be represented by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry …

Road Upgrades Still a Critical Need for Growth Communities, Committee Says

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department needs to address “critical transportation infrastructure shortfalls” outside military installations, either through expanding the eligibility criteria for the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program or identifying other sources of funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The committee’s request for the department to loosen the eligibility criteria for the DAR program — which is the only federal mechanism for the military to fund improvements to roads outside of an installation — echoes language in committee reports from previous years …

Milcon Panel Focuses Concerns on Impacts of Past Growth

  • May 21, 2013
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With the Army expected to decide shortly how it will rebalance its force structure as it reduces its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers, House appropriators are concerned the service may commit to spending money on building new facilities after it already spent billions of dollars since 2005 on military construction to accommodate the population shifts generated by the last BRAC round. “Army planning to potentially add combat maneuver battalions and supporting units at certain installations in support of Army 2020 may result in a sizeable obligation to the Army’s budget at the same time the Army is trying to reduce the size of its force structure …

Better Planning Data, Civilian Liaison Would Benefit Growth Communities, GAO Finds

  • May 14, 2013
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Providing additional planning data identifying where military personnel and their families live and establishing a long-term civilian point of contact at an installation are two changes that would help defense communities better prepare for mission growth in future BRAC rounds, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. While officials at growth installations exchanged planning information with their host communities concerning projected changes in military and civilian personnel, and school-age children, community officials interviewed by the congressional watchdog agency said they needed more specific information …

Huntsville-Area Schools Get Their BRAC Fix

  • May 5, 2013
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North Alabama schools will be the beneficiary of $175 million in state bond funds dedicated to school districts affected by BRAC mission growth, after Madison County lawmakers voted last week to allocate $5 million to the county school system to use as matching funds. The Alabama Legislature passed a measure last year to provide bond funds for construction and renovation of aging schools whose enrollments would be expanding due to BRAC growth, but no money had been allocated, reported the Huntsville Times. About 4,700 jobs moved to Redstone Arsenal following the last round of BRAC …

Maryland County Seeks Study of Commuting Alternatives for Aberdeen PG

  • April 7, 2013
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The Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, through the Harford County (Md.) Office of Procurement, is requesting bids for a review of telework/flexible commuting alternatives and best practices, along with a feasibility study, for the Aberdeen Proving Ground community. The project includes two parts: (1) A study of flexible commuting alternatives feasibility/best practice assessment looking at uses of flexible commuting policy and initiatives, preferably federal and DOD-oriented, from across the country as they relate to addressing traffic mitigation issues …

Georgia, Kansas Defense Communities among Fastest-Growing Areas Last Year

  • April 1, 2013
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Communities surrounding Forts Benning, Ga., and Riley, Kan., ranked among the fastest-growing places in the nation for the year ended July 1, 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last month. Chattahoochee County, Ga., was the nation’s fastest-growing county of 10,000 or more residents as its population climbed 10.1 percent between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012 …

Transportation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Promote Commuting Alternatives

  • March 10, 2013
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Leaders in northeastern Maryland and the surrounding region believe a new transportation center opening this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground will help make a dent in traffic congestion at the post by reducing workers’ reliance on single-occupant vehicles. The APG-Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor Transportation Center’s primary goal will be to encourage military and civilian employees of the post’s 90 tenant organizations and nearby defense contractors to consider alternative commuting options, including commuter rail, a private bus line providing service to New Jersey, car and vanpools, and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program …

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