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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

House Votes to Oppose BRAC, Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • June 19, 2014
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In two votes that succinctly summarize the challenge the Pentagon faces in planning for mandated budget cuts, House lawmakers voted Thursday night to bar DOD from spending any funds to plan for or carry out another BRAC round, and to prevent it from implementing the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. The two votes came during House debate of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill. Final passage of the bill is expected today …

Despite Long Odds, BRAC Still Worth Fighting For, James Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is pessimistic about the prospect that Congress will approve the Pentagon’s request for a new BRAC round in 2017, but believes DOD will continue trying to persuade lawmakers of its importance at a time when it is coping with stringent spending caps. “As a person who came out of business, the last things a corporation would do is spend money on facilities that are no longer needed,” James told defense reporters Wednesday. “You would never, never, never run a business this way. I realize government is not a business. But there are certain principles [that] make good common sense …

Massachusetts Breaks Ground on Road Project to Benefit Army Research Center

  • June 18, 2014
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State, local and military officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to celebrate a $2.5 million road improvement project designed to improve traffic flow on a major access route to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center outside of Boston. The project, scheduled to finish next summer, will repave Kansas Street, improve intersections, enhance drainage, install a new water main and create a new multi-use path, reports MetroWest Daily News. It is being funded by the state government and includes a $1.5 million MassWorks grant intended to support housing, economic development and job creation …

OEA Studies Adapt to Climate Change

  • June 17, 2014
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With alarm over the potential impacts of climate change to military infrastructure and their host communities growing louder, joint land use studies (JLUS) conducted by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) are now looking at strategies for communities to address sea-level rise and other environmental changes. Joint land use studies have been used in dozens of communities across DOD to help local officials stem urban encroachment and promote compatible development. The studies will continue to maintain that focus, but now communities can consider adding climate adaptation planning to the analysis …

DOD Funding Needed to Accelerate Transportation Projects, Appropriators Say

  • June 16, 2014
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The Pentagon should allocate funding for transportation projects outside the gates of military installations to help host communities accommodate increases in traffic stemming from mission growth, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “By including mission growth transportation projects as eligible infrastructure projects for federal defense funding, important improvements can be made while creating jobs and strengthening national security …

Colorado Springs Ranch Deal Could Benefit Peterson AFB

  • June 15, 2014
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The agreement by a Colorado Springs, Colo., developer to purchase an 18,000-acre ranch on the eastern side of the city could provide the solution to Peterson Air Force Base’s long-unfulfilled need to expand, according to local officials. Commanders of the 1,200-acre base have previously sought to enlarge Peterson onto the ranch property, located on its eastern border, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. With a BRAC round looming, expansion could give Peterson a leg up. “If the base has more space, that becomes a good thing for the community, especially as the military reorganizes and moves things around …

Authorization Bills Call for Similar Reviews of Army Size, Force Structure

  • June 15, 2014
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Independent commissions that would be created under the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill to assess the proper end strength of the Army and mix between its active and reserve components would be largely similar. Support for creating a commission to study the Army’s future structure gained momentum on Capitol Hill after the service released its plan earlier this year to trim the size of the National Guard below 350,000 soldiers and shift its fleet of 192 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the active component. The commission and its role would bear a strong resemblance to the panel the armed services committees created two years ago to study the balance between the Air Force’s active and reserve components …

Tank Plant Support Group Seeks Better Understanding of BRAC 2005 Rankings

  • June 12, 2014
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The local support group for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), formerly the Lima Tank Plant, plans to seek its congressional delegation’s help in clarifying what type of industrial facilities the center should be ranked against in a future base closure round. The JSMC, located in northwest Ohio, is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility responsible for manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing and testing combat vehicles and defense systems. After reviewing how the facility was evaluated in the last BRAC round, Task Force Lima concluded that it shouldn’t have been ranked against arsenals since its role is different …

Logistics Agency to ‘Right-Size’ Its Infrastructure

  • June 12, 2014
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By the end fiscal year 2019, the Defense Logistics Agency will have less people, inventory and infrastructure, Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, the agency’s director, told reporters Thursday. The downsizing comes as the military continues to draw down from overseas operations, reports American Forces Press Service. As the agency curtails its inventory, it will require a smaller amount of infrastructure to manage it …

Commercial Development Next Phase for Federal City Project

  • June 12, 2014
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Progress on the second phase of redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is expected to get back on track following resolution of the years-long conflict over management of the Federal City project. In the first phase of development at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, a public-private partnership built the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. A child care center and the first stage of a new YMCA also were completed. The second phase calls for new retail space, including a grocery, and expansion of the YMCA. “We’ve been on pause for three years. This is a re-birth,” Kathy Lynn, executive director of the Algiers Development District, told the Times-Picayune. “We plan to make this a place to live, work and play.”

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