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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

BRAC Authority Needs Updating, Heritage Executive Says

  • October 30, 2014
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When Washington gets around to crafting the authority for a new round of base closures, there are a number of guidelines defense officials and lawmakers should consider, according to a recent commentary in National Interest. The Pentagon should integrate its processes for rightsizing its infrastructure overseas and domestically, writes James Jay Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “What the future American basing structure in Europe looks like ought to be just as important as how many bases the DOD keeps in Texas …

Sequestration Presents Greater Threat than BRAC, Virginia Defense Affairs Secretary Says

  • October 30, 2014
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Virginia’s military installations are more likely to gain new missions than contract in a future BRAC round, John Harvey Jr., the commonwealth’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs, said this week. “Virginia has an awful lot to offer, and I think we have a lot to gain from a BRAC process,” Harvey told the Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance. One factor in Virginia’s favor is that the state’s installations are well-suited for all three of the military’s growth areas — special operations, cybersecurity and intelligence, reported InsideNOVA. “This is an extraordinarily attractive place for the services to be, for their people to be …

Riverside County Establishes Commission to Protect Air Force, Navy Facilities

  • October 29, 2014
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Motivated by the prospect of a new BRAC round in the near future, Riverside County in Southern California this week created a commission to shield its two military installations from the budget knife. “We’re taking this seriously,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley. “We’re leading a countywide effort to secure the support of our cities … because we believe in protecting these bases and the people who work there,” she said, reported the Valley News. The body’s primary focus will be strengthening the position of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco ahead of the next round of base closures …

State Investment in Electric Boat Bolsters Defense Manufacturing Sector

  • October 29, 2014
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The state of Connecticut will provide Electric Boat with a $10 million loan to support an expansion at its Groton facility that will add up to 200 jobs, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced Wednesday. Electric Boat’s expansion, estimated to cost $31.5 million, is needed to accommodate additional engineers, designers and other professionals that the company requires as it completes work related to the Navy’s Virginia class nuclear submarines as well as the Ohio replacement program, the newest class of submarines. “Our state’s defense product and parts manufacturing sector is becoming increasingly important to the Pentagon’s supply chain and, ultimately, our national defense strategy as illustrated by the growing number and value of contracts awarded to Connecticut-based industry leaders like Electric Boat over the past decade …

Utah National Guard, Neighbors Look to Protect Training Site

  • October 28, 2014
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Officials with the Utah National Guard and communities surrounding Camp Williams are considering recommendations in a recent joint land use study to protect the facility from encroachment as residential development approaches its perimeter. One strategy the city of Herriman is pursuing to preserve open space around the installation, located 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, is to obtain funding from the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The city could use properties where development is restricted to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities …

$3M DOD Grant to Help Diversify NE Pennsylvania Defense Sector

  • October 28, 2014
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The Defense Department last week awarded Pennsylvania a $3.0 million grant to strengthen defense manufacturers in the northeastern portion of the state and help them diversify in the face of uncertain DOD budgets. The state will use the grant, awarded by the Office of Economic Adjustment, to launch the Northeast Pennsylvania Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, an effort to deploy a collaborative network of workforce and economic development organizations. The two-year initiative will help the region craft a customized economic development strategy and increase the global competitiveness of the region’s defense sector …

Partnership Talks between Malmstrom AFB, Local Officials Advance

  • October 27, 2014
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Discussions that began earlier this year between leaders at Malmstrom Air Force Base and community officials aimed at sharing installation support services for a variety of functions are starting to yield results. The central Montana installation and Great Falls College Montana State University will collaborate in a training co-op for airmen and college students in the field of respiratory therapy, reported KFBB. The partnership will allow military personnel and community members to participate in training programs for law enforcement, medical and other professions …

Devens Stands out as Exemplar of BRAC Redevelopment, Hammack Says

  • October 27, 2014
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During a visit last week to Army Garrison Fort Devens, the Army’s chief installations official praised the post as a model for “productive reuse” following the closure of Fort Devens in March 1996. “As we look at the Army inventory and consider another round of Base Realignment and Closure, [we’re] looking at models of how bases can be productively reused,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. “And in this case, it’s to benefit the Army Reserve; it’s to the benefit of some of our testing commands, [such as] Natick Labs, [which] does work here …

Florida Communities to Receive $2.6M to Strengthen Local Installations

  • October 27, 2014
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Thirteen projects in 10 counties were awarded $2.6 million through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to strengthen the state’s bases ahead of possible realignment actions by DOD, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Monday. “We will continue to work to make Florida the best place in the nation for military service members and their families to live and work, and this $2.59 million in Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants will further help us support our military installations,” Scott said, according to a press release. The Florida Defense Support Task Force was created in 2011 to make recommendations to preserve and protect military installations, support the state’s position in research and development related to military missions and contracting, and improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, military families, military retirees and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state …

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Formalizing Commission to Preserve Installations

  • October 26, 2014
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) last week enacted legislation codifying the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission in state law. The move makes permanent the commission which was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC, reported the Chambersburg Public Opinion. “The commonwealth will be better prepared to defend our vital economic defense engine when the federal government considers cuts …

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