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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

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 …

Omaha Shines Brightly in Ranking of Military Friendly Cities

  • June 5, 2013
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Omaha, Neb., came in fourth among 381 metropolitan areas ranked according to their military friendly attributes. The city trailed only San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Houston, according to the list published by MilitaryFriendly.com and G.I. Jobs magazine …

Compromise BRAC Language Voted Down in Committee

  • June 5, 2013
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In a vote that triggered an animated discussion, the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would have allowed the Pentagon to begin planning for a new round of base closures without scheduling a new BRAC process, however. The provision would have reversed language in the annual policy bill barring the department from planning for an additional BRAC round, but at the same time, it would have prohibited DOD from launching a new round in 2014 or 2015 …

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