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County Supervisors Take Glimpse behind Curtain at China Lake

  • June 7, 2012
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With a new BRAC round potentially close on the horizon, the Kern County Board of Supervisors toured Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake last week to gain a better understanding of what goes on at the Navy’s premier land range and weapons development laboratory. The base, located in the Western Mojave Desert of California, is used to test and evaluate weapons systems used on Navy aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, and to develop new weapons and fuels. China Lake benefited from a consolidation of the Navy’s weapons testing and development functions following the 2005 BRAC round, gaining $350 million in construction and new personnel. The board and Scott O’Neil, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, generally agreed China Lake should emerge largely unharmed in a future BRAC due to its existing mission and geographic assets, reported the Daily Independent.

Ft. Bragg Alliance Teams with Nonprofits to Develop Regional Defense Cluster

  • May 23, 2012
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The Fort Bragg Regional Alliance is partnering with two local economic development organizations in a year-long effort to attract defense-related companies to 11 central and eastern North Carolina counties. The alliance, an organization founded to ready communities surrounding Fort Bragg for BRAC-related growth, will contract through mid-2013 with North Carolina’s Southeast and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership to continue the development of the defense industry cluster in south central North Carolina …

Senate Panel Asks for Details on Planned Changes to DOD’s Roads Program

  • May 23, 2012
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The Department of Defense is considering improving and expanding the Defense Access Roads program, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2013 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. The changes are intended to address the strict eligibility requirements of the program, which is the only mechanism DOD has for upgrading roads outside of military installations. To be eligible for aid through the DAR program, an installation must demonstrate that traffic congestion for commuters has doubled, an extremely high hurdle for urban areas to satisfy …

Latest BRAC Facility Adds to Traffic Woes in Northern Virginia

  • May 14, 2012
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When the Defense Health Headquarters — which will bring all DOD military medical health care operations to one campus — opens in July, about 3,000 employees are expected to exacerbate existing traffic congestion in Fairfax County, Va. Because the facility is located in leased space that already existed, however, the site was not required to meet many rules designed to lessen traffic impacts, reports wtop.com …

Navy to Reconsider Location of Marine Base on Guam

  • May 2, 2012
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The Navy plans to broaden the scope of an ongoing environmental impact study to assess the impact of reducing the number of Marines relocating from Okinawa to Guam, the Joint Guam Program Office said Tuesday. The expanded supplemental EIS — initially intended to identify locations for a live fire training complex — will evaluate new alternatives for locating the Marine’s main base and family housing, and take a fresh look at how changes in the size of the influx will affect Guam’s civil infrastructure …

DOD Could Support Municipal Services in Guam under Authorization Bill Provision

  • April 30, 2012
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Guam would eligible for federal assistance to cover the costs of providing increased municipal services and facilities stemming from the relocation of Marine Corps personnel, under a provision in the FY 2013 defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee Friday. DOD would be required to determine “that an unfair and excessive financial burden will be incurred by the government of Guam to provide the services and facilities in the absence of the Department of Defense assistance,” according to the provision.

Panel Asks GAO to Assess How Communities Handled Mission Growth

  • April 29, 2012
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While the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Friday rejected the Pentagon’s request for two new BRAC rounds, at the same time it called for GAO to review how defense communities that experienced significant mission growth in the past handled the associated strains on their transportation infrastructure, schools, utilities and housing. “Now that the Department of Defense has completed its fifth BRAC round and the potential exists for future infrastructure, force structure and installation mission changes, local communities may once again have to manage potentially significant installation change …

Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Gain Two-Star Headquarters

  • April 26, 2012
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The Army will establish a new two-star headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, reflecting the installation’s growth over the past nine years, as well as its strategic importance, Army Secretary John McHugh said Thursday. “The Department of the Army believes this new headquarters will help meet the needs created by the base’s nine years of dynamic growth and its evolving future missions …

Senior Lawmakers Warn DOD ahead of New Guam Realignment Plan

  • April 24, 2012
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Three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including the top Democrat and Republican, repeated their concerns Tuesday that the Pentagon has yet to answer questions about the cost, military sustainment and force management, and overall strategy for the Asia-Pacific region after being briefed on a new agreement between the United States and Japan on the planned move of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. “We require additional information regarding how this proposal relates to the broader strategic concept of operations in the region, the Marine Corps’ concept of operations, master plans and alternatives to base realignments on Guam and Okinawa, as well as the positioning of U.S. Air Force units in the Asia-Pacific region …

Measure Providing Relief to Huntsville-area Schools Moves to Alabama House

  • April 19, 2012
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A measure providing bond money from the state of Alabama to school districts affected by BRAC mission growth was approved in committee this week and is expected to go to the House floor shortly. House Bill 407 would make it easier for school systems to qualify for special renovation or construction bonds by removing the requirement for the schools to first raise their sales or property tax rates …

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