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Posts Tagged ‘News from ADC’

Editor’s Note: Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2013
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and happy holiday, and an even happier new year!

DOD Leads Feds in Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

  • December 16, 2013
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A senior White House environment official last week praised DOD’s bold leadership in implementing President Obama’s executive order setting targets for federal agencies for conserving energy and reducing their carbon footprint. “The leadership from the Defense Department in renewable energy has been outstanding,” Jonathan Powers, the Obama administration’s federal environmental executive, told the audience at the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum …

Closer Community-Military Ties Can Help Reduce Infrastructure Costs, Forum Concludes

  • December 5, 2013
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With increasing pressure to slash spending, and the prospect of a new base closure round uncertain, the military needs to find new ways to shave its installation expenditures. At the ADC Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC, held Nov. 12, key thought leaders from DOD, Congress, communities and the private sector proposed a variety of ideas for reducing the department’s excess infrastructure and facility costs, including reinventing the BRAC process, increasing reliance on communities to provide on-base services, redefining the installation of the future and partnering more closely with host communities to support economic development …

New Bill Would Offer Tax Credits for BRAC-Impacted Communities

  • October 31, 2013
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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) has introduced the New Markets Tax Credit Military Installation Act of 2013 to authorize up to $100 million per year for distressed communities that have had military installations closed or realigned. This legislation, which Thompson introduced Wednesday…

Dennis McGinn to Speak at ADC/NCPPP Energy Workshop

  • October 30, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, will speak about Navy energy projects during the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum Dec. 11 in Arlington, Va…

Event to Address Potential for DoD to Trim Installation Costs outside of BRAC

  • October 22, 2013
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Faced with finding $1 trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years, the Defense Department has twice recommended a new round of BRAC as a way to cut bloated overhead costs and reduce excess infrastructure, and twice it has been rebuffed by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Given congressional intransigence, DoD is forced to look for new ideas when it comes to installation management. To help defense policymakers explore innovative ways for either trimming the department’s real estate holdings or operating them more efficiently, ADC next month is holding a special Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC: Reducing the Cost of Defense Infrastructure …

Energy Event to Explore Ways to Jump Start the Use of Partnerships to Meet DOD’s Goals

  • October 16, 2013
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Public-private partnerships are a proven model for the federal government to leverage the resources of Wall Street to develop new infrastructure, yet the number of such partnerships underway to help the Pentagon increase its reliance on renewable energy generated onsite has not grown as fast as many envisioned. At the same time, the Defense Department now has another mechanism to expand its access to reliable energy production — public-public partnerships. A provision in legislation signed into law in January allows DOD to share installation support services with its community hosts …

How Can DOD Advance Energy Partnerships with the Public and Private Sector?

  • October 10, 2013
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All three military services have been strong proponents of the nation’s drive to cut its reliance on fossil fuels, but DOD’s effort to increase the share of installation energy it obtains from renewable sources still has a variety of challenges to overcome. One key concern is the military’s prolonged acquisition process and development timeline, a shortcoming that has left many industry players clamoring for improvements to the procurement process. The second day of the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop & Defense Energy Partnership Forum, to be held Dec. 10-11, will focus on the range of challenges and opportunities associated with the Pentagon’s initiative to partner with the private sector to develop alternative energy sources …

Are Your Community and Base Ready to Partner through a Shared Services Agreement?

  • October 8, 2013
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Efforts by DOD and defense communities to take advantage of a new authority allowing installations and their host communities to share base support services through intergovernmental support agreements have stepped up considerably since the law was enacted in January. The Air Force began moving ahead earlier this year at 15 locations to identify partnering opportunities, while the Army’s initiative to determine if its posts can benefit from the legislation ramped up this summer. Both services see the potential for reducing their installation support costs as a way to mitigate the impact of declining budgets …

Are There Ways for DOD to Trim Excess Capacity outside of a New BRAC Round?

  • October 3, 2013
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The Defense Department is under enormous pressure to support a capable fighting force while its budget is subject to deep spending cuts. But the most obvious solution to addressing the combination of a declining force structure and the need to slash overhead — holding a new round of base closures — so far has been declared off limits to DOD by Congress. Next month, ADC is sponsoring a half-day Defense Policy Forum that will explore ways the military can either pare back its excess infrastructure, or at least slash spending on installation support, while more efficiently using its real estate holdings in the absence of a new BRAC round …

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