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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Next BRAC Would Be Geared toward Efficiency, Not Transformation, DOD Official Says

  • November 21, 2013
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In a commentary published in Roll Call, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, takes on what is probably the most popular criticism from lawmakers of the Obama administration’s request to hold a new round of base closures — that the last one cost too much. To make his case, Kendall points out that the 2005 round really was made up of two separate kinds of actions, each with distinct goals. The “Transformation BRAC” took advantage of the opportunity afforded by the base closure statute to move forces and functions to locations that made more sense operationally …

State Ponders Plan to Lure Navy Air Wing to Fairchild AFB

  • November 21, 2013
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State officials and lawmakers from Washington are contemplating a proposal to lobby Navy officials to base a fighter wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, which hosts refueling tankers, on the eastern side of the state. The plan was broached in a report prepared for the state and is based on the likelihood that the Navy will homeport an additional aircraft carrier in Puget Sound. The military’s pivot toward the Asia-Pacific is expected to result in the Navy’s shift of one carrier strike group’s homeport from the East to the West Coast …

Conservation Group, DOD Provide Guidance for Renewable Energy Development

  • November 20, 2013
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A new guide developed jointly by the Pentagon and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) should help minimize conflicts with defense operations created by the development of renewable energy projects on and around military ranges, airspace and installations. The 24-page primer provides a range of factors and siting considerations that can be applied by developers and other stakeholders when working with DOD on siting renewable energy projects …

DOD Funding to Run out for Housing Referral Service

  • November 19, 2013
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Funding for an online service that helps service members find available rental housing when they move to a new assignment is scheduled to run out at the end of December, but the service provider is looking for an alternate source of funding to continue the program. A spokesman for Navy Installations Command said the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are allowing the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to end when their contract with Runzheimer International runs out next month …

Navy Ends Search for Outlying Landing Field to Support NAS Oceana

  • November 19, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday said it has cancelled an environmental study of alternate practice landing sites that could be used by pilots at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., saying it needs to wait until the service selects an East Coast site to host the F-35, the military’s next generation fighter aircraft. Officials initially suspended study of three sites in Virginia and two in North Carolina in 2011 in favor of waiting for a decision on basing the F-35. But with that decision not expected until 2017 at the earliest, any work on the environmental impact statement conducted now would be out of date by that time …

MIT Study to Assess Potential for Power Line, White Sands Missile Range to Coexist

  • November 18, 2013
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The Pentagon will commission a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory to determine whether testing activities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., could be adjusted to minimize interference from a proposed 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) said Friday. Heinrich requested the study in response to concerns expressed by senior officials from WSMR and DOD over the impact of the $1.2 billion SunZia project linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona …

Air Shows to Resume This Year, but Many Other Outreach Events Will Not

  • November 18, 2013
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Air shows featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds are returning in the current fiscal year, but the military will not be participating in more than 1,000 other community events compared to FY 2012. The Pentagon opted to restore $129 million in FY 2014 for community activities such as air shows, Navy port visits and performances by military bands, but the reduced funding level compared to two years ago means the services can attend only 1,000 to 1,500 events, down from 2,800 in FY 2012 …

New Contracting Agency to Support Air Force Installations

  • November 17, 2013
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A new field operating agency formally stood up by the Air Force last week will provide contracting services to installations for eight of the service’s major commands. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and will support customers at Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Force Space Command, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Forces in Europe …

University Facility to Support Business Incubator outside of Pax River

  • November 11, 2013
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An agreement between the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), University System of Maryland and the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance brings the planning for a new research and development center near Patuxent River Naval Air Station one step closer. When completed, the facility will house a research and a business incubator …

NRDC, DOD to Host Webinar on Renewable Energy Siting

  • November 11, 2013
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New siting considerations jointly developed by DOD and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the first time address core issues for developing renewable energy sources on and around military installations. The considerations are designed to help developers determine low conflict places for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and are released as DOD plans to get 25 percent of its installation energy from renewables by 2025 …

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