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Note from the Editor

  • August 14, 2014
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360 will be taking a break next week. Stay cool and look for the next issue on Aug. 25.

Security Emerging as Critical Issue in Defining ‘Base of the Future’

  • August 14, 2014
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Next month’s Defense Policy Forum is expected to broach a number of pressing issues that will influence changes in how DoD manages its installations in the coming decades, including access, utilization of excess capacity and community-military partnering. One issue that will drive the look of the “Base of the Future” is security. DoD will need to find more flexible models for access so that installations housing intelligence and cyber missions aren’t required to have the same security posture as a facility focused on training new recruits, said Lucian Niemeyer, a former staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee who will be speaking at the Sept. 15 event in downtown Washington …

Energy Forum to Address Uncertainty Created by Looming Expiration of Tax Credits

  • August 10, 2014
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Investment tax credits for renewable energy projects have played a significant role in the industry’s growth over the past decade while helping lower the price for the end consumer. But with the deadlines to take advantage of the tax credits for solar and other renewables fast approaching, the economic assumptions behind most projects soon may change, raising questions as to whether the Pentagon’s appetite for renewables can be sustained. Next month, ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships are co-hosting a one-day event in Washington that will take a close look at how the possible expiration of the energy tax credits will affect the future of third-party financing for renewable projects on military installations …

Transitioning Veterans Could More Easily Link to Local Services under Heitkamp Bill

  • August 4, 2014
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Legislation introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) would make it much easier for communities to reach out to newly separated service members and help them overcome challenges in gaining access to services and benefits such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance as they transition back to civilian life. The Connect with Veterans Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a voluntary national directory of veterans that would be available to communities and state veterans affairs departments …

Defense Policy Forum to Help Define Path toward ‘Base of the Future’

  • July 27, 2014
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Belt-tightening at the Pentagon has forced the military services to consider new ways to manage our defense infrastructure, including a heightened focus on community-military partnerships. But with deficit reduction a long-term priority, many in the installations community are looking for more fundamental changes in how DoD manages its bases as the key to sustaining defense installations for decades to come. On Sept. 15, ADC will host a half-day policy forum in downtown Washington focusing on the “Base of the Future.” The event will convene DoD and congressional leaders, states and communities, and industry representatives to discuss the future of defense infrastructure and installation services, and define how bases will be managed in the next decade …

Editor’s Note: Happy July 4th!

  • July 2, 2014
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360 wishes all of its readers a joyous July 4th! The next issue will be delivered Monday, July 7.

Defense Community Award Recipients Hit on Theme of Collaboration

  • June 6, 2014
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Partnerships are key to supporting installations and communities near them, according to several recipients of the 2014 Defense Community Awards, which were presented at a special ceremony Thursday on Capitol Hill…

Need for Federal Strategy to Address Excess Defense Infrastructure Is Urgent, ADC Says

  • June 4, 2014
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Congress needs to grant the Defense Department sufficient authority to deal with its surplus of infrastructure, otherwise DOD will be forced to hollow out many of its installations and the economies of affected defense communities will suffer, according to a policy statement approved by ADC’s board of directors this week. ADC issued the policy statement as the Pentagon and Congress remain in a years-long stalemate over the need for a series of cost-saving reforms even as the defense budget is subject to stringent spending caps and the military draws down from 12-plus years of war. “In an environment of declining support for installations, the only solution is to confront head-on the nation’s excess military infrastructure,” Bob Murdock, ADC’s outgoing president, told the audience Wednesday at the Defense Communities National Summit …

Isakson Helped Form Defense Communities Caucus, Ease Veterans’ Transition

  • June 3, 2014
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Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who helped establish the Senate Defense Communities Caucus and has fought to expand employment opportunities for the nation’s military veterans, has been selected to receive ADC’s Congressional Leadership Award. Isakson launched the Senate Defense Communities Caucus along with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp one year ago. The aim of the caucus, a counterpart to a similar one established in the House in 2011, is to help communities better integrate service members into the community, support returning service members …

Miller Has Led Conversion of Kelly AFB to Thriving Industrial Park

  • June 2, 2014
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Over the past 12 years, Bruce Miller has helped transform the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio into a 1,900-acre industrial complex that is home to over 80 private and public organizations and 12,000 workers centered in the aerospace, logistics, manufacturing and federal sectors. When he arrived in San Antonio after being named president and CEO, the reuse project already had an established base of tenants in the aerospace industry that preserved much of the base’s civilian workforce pre-dating Kelly’s closure. Miller in turn opted to focus on strategic redevelopment, tackling the need to demolish or rehabilitate existing facilities and upgrade aging infrastructure …

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