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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Summit Session to Scrutinize Communities’ Approaches to BRAC Preparation

  • May 27, 2014
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With a future BRAC round looming on the horizon, next week’s Defense Communities National Summit in Washington will take a close look at the strategies that communities and states have employed to prepare for base closure rounds in the past. The session will focus on best practices, as well as the mistakes that should be avoided. Speakers and specific topics that will be covered include: Anne Marie Dowd, Executive Vice President, Legislative and Defense Sector, MassDevelopment — lessons learned from BRAC 2005 and Massachusetts’ $177 million bond bill …

Pentagon, BLM Reach Compromise Allowing Transmission Line to Go Ahead

  • May 27, 2014
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The developer of a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line will need to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing on the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., under a compromise DOD worked out with the Bureau of Land Management. The compromise seemingly settles the dispute between the developer of the SunZia project and supporters of White Sands — along with DOD — over the line’s potential to impact testing and evaluation activities at the missile range …

House, Senate Panel Call for Commission on Army Force Structure

  • May 26, 2014
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An independent commission would assess the proper end strength of the Army and mix between its active and reserve components, under separate versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill approved last week by the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee. A bipartisan amendment approved by the House would require the commission to explore — in addition to the Army’s size and mix — missions, force generation policies and how the structure should be modified to best fulfill mission requirements in a manner consistent with available resources …

Zander’s Leadership Built Air Force’s Capacity to Carry out Installation-Community Partnerships

  • May 26, 2014
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Since legislation allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services was enacted in January 2013, Steven Zander has been the driving force behind the Air Force’s effort to take advantage of the new authority. Zander’s visionary leadership of the Air Force’s Community Partnership Initiative has been the key to creating partnerships opportunities across the country, but more importantly to piloting the process for identifying, implementing and sustaining collaboration between installations and the communities that support them …

BRAC Analysis Will Give State a Leg Up, Colorado Lawmaker Says

  • May 23, 2014
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A study of Colorado’s installations to help it prepare for the next BRAC round mandated under a new state law will mark the first time Colorado has conducted an independent analysis of its military facilities. The analysis should provide the state with a competitive advantage, according to Colorado Senate President Morgan Carroll (D). “We are trying to mirror criteria we know they’re going to have to use to evaluate in next round of BRAC …

Senate Committee Reverses Pentagon Cost-Cutting Plans

  • May 22, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday voted to reverse many of the cutbacks the Pentagon proposed in its budget request, including plans to retire an aircraft carrier and the Air Force’s A-10 fleet, as it marked up the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The panel, which approved the legislation 25-1, also voted to reject the Obama administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round in 2017 and to block much of an Army plan to shift the National Guard’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to its active component …

States Extends Effort to Purchase Homes next to Robins AFB

  • May 21, 2014
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A local effort to purchase homes outside of Robins Air Force Base is receiving a helping hand from the state to limit encroachment outside of the Middle Georgia base. To date the local effort, which includes contributions from three counties and is being led by the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority, has closed on 179 properties, with the number expected to rise to 200 by the end of the year. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which only received approval to buy properties in April, has received requests from 100 property owners. Total funding for the initiative, including contributions from Georgia and DOD is $29.8 million, reported macon.com. The local effort is focusing on properties closest to the airfield, with the state addressing other areas subject to aircraft noise.

Senate Panel Passes on Pentagon Proposal to Reduce Commissary Subsidies

  • May 21, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee on Wednesday rejected some, but not all, of DOD’s proposed reforms to military benefits, as it marked up its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The panel ignored the administration’s plan to slash subsidies for military grocery stores by $200 million in FY 2015, but included the proposal to limit housing allowances below the rate of inflation …

Smith Denied Opportunity to Offer BRAC Amendment

  • May 21, 2014
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The House Rules Committee on Tuesday failed to accept an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill from Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) that would have approved a new BRAC round as well as reformed the base closure process. Smith, the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, brought up the provision for discussion when the full committee marked up the annual policy measure earlier this month, but withdrew the amendment before receiving a vote with the intention of offering it during floor debate for the bill …

OEA Offering Support for Communities Dealing with Reductions in Defense Spending

  • May 20, 2014
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Communities responding to the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in DOD spending that results in a significant economic impact can apply to the Office of Economic Adjustment for planning assistance, according to a May 20 Federal Register notice. To be eligible, state or local governments, or regional entities need to have experienced one of the following circumstances: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the closure or significantly reduced operation of a defense facility resulting from the merger, acquisition or consolidation of the operating contractor …

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