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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Streamlining Infrastructure Would Benefit Defense Communities, ADC President Says

  • June 12, 2013
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With deep spending cuts becoming the new norm for the Pentagon, the long-term consequences are starting to become apparent to defense communities. Base operating support is taking a disproportionate hit — a burden that is expected to continue for the next decade — jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of installations, the readiness of missions and support for military families …

Skimping on Facilities Funding Yields False Savings, House Appropriators Say

  • June 11, 2013
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The House Appropriations Committee questions the Defense Department’s claim that trimming funding for facility sustainment produces savings, according to its draft report accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill. The committee notes that its report accompanying the FY 2012 defense spending bill expressed concern over many of DOD’s proposed efficiency savings. “In particular, the report stated that ‘more troubling were instances in which underfunding valid requirements were claimed as efficiencies,’ including the decision to underfund base facility sustainment requirements and claim the reductions as infrastructure savings …

Senate Panel Rejects Request for BRAC Round in 2015

  • June 11, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee failed to endorse the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it marked up Tuesday. Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said DOD cannot afford the upfront investment to carry out a new round and pointed to the dramatic rise in implementation costs for the last round over the department’s initial estimate in explaining the panel’s decision …

REPI Challenge Awards $5.3M to Buffer Projects at Lewis-McChord, Eglin

  • June 10, 2013
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Projects intended to protect critical habitat that buffers Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will receive a total of $5.3 million under a relatively new Pentagon program launched to encourage innovative projects with the potential for large payoffs when it comes to limiting incompatible development. The $5.3 million awarded to the two projects under DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge attracted $25.8 million in outside partner funds that will protect 23,518 acres of valuable habitat that buffers the two installations …

Meurer Honored for Championing Community-Military Partnerships

  • June 10, 2013
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For nearly three decades with the city of Monterey, Fred Meurer has been a visionary leader, transforming how installations do business and how defense communities support them. While he always will be associated with the “Monterey Model,” a concept under which communities share municipal services with neighboring bases, Meurer deserves credit for other innovations that have served to increase both the efficiency and military value of installations …

Senate Panel to Ignore Administration’s BRAC Request, Report Says

  • June 10, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will not authorize the Pentagon to conduct a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up today, according to a summary of the legislation obtained by CQ. The news comes as no surprise. At a hearing in April, the subcommittee’s chairwoman and ranking member both voiced their opposition to a new round of base closures …

DOD Adds Personnel Data to Annual Inventory of Facilities

  • June 9, 2013
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The Defense Department has upgraded the personnel data included in its annual Base Structure Report, allowing readers to see official personnel data for every U.S. installation. In previous years the report included personnel information, but with the caveat that the data was only being used to show the magnitude of size of a location and should not be considered official data. Now the FY 2013 Base Structure Report will feature a new section with data provided by the office of the undersecretary for personnel and readiness …

Tinker Relies on New Authority to Forge Support Agreements with Host Communities

  • June 9, 2013
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Officials at Tinker Air Force Base have embraced DOD’s brand new authority allowing military installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities in a big way. In the last three months, the installation has reached agreements with its closest neighbor, Midwest City, to share its jail and juvenile services, and a third agreement for the city to manage the installation’s solid waste awaits the Air Force secretary’s approval …

Armed Services Committee Requests Justification for Army Drawdown Decisions

  • June 6, 2013
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With the Army on the cusp of announcing the locations that would lose brigade combat teams and additional personnel as it trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, lawmakers would like the service to provide them with justifications for the specific basing decisions. “In making final stationing recommendations, the committee fully expects the Army to demonstrate a business case analysis in support of each recommendation …

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