Defense Communities 360: On Base with Dan Cohen is a e-newsletter for defense communities leaders, installation managers and defense industry professionals. It provides the latest news on military real estate, community-military collaboration, mission support and base redevelopment from around the country, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon.
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The Journal of Defense Communities, is a collection of reports and peer-reviewed publications featuring original research, analysis, and the best practices of ADC members and our military partners.
The Journal is designed to provide in-depth perspectives and analysis on the methods, best practices and challenges involved in a particular project or initiative. The subject matter of the Journal, however, is not limited to educating members about past achievements. It also offers the opportunity for contributors to consider the implications of a new policy or technology, provide commentary on a timely issue, or promote a new approach or solution to a defense community concern.
The various publications cover the breadth of defense community disciplines — base realignment and closure, community-military partnering, military privatization initiatives, enhanced use leasing, mission growth and sustainment, regional/community planning, energy security, military families and veterans support, base redevelopment, environmental cleanup and property disposal.
Volume III (2015)
The article provides an overview of the Army’s Net Zero Initiative — an effort to reduce the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — and the challenges for defense communities seeking to help participating installations achieve the initiative’s goals. Local stakeholders needed to support the Army’s effort include contractors; utility providers, including municipalities and private operators; residents, especially those that live and work on affected installations; and regulatory agencies
Volume II (2013)
This article will examine one central question — how can local governments determine their role in supporting veterans and their families? With thousands of veterans set to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with planned reductions in overall end strength of the armed forces, it is absolutely critical that local governments understand the military family and veterans issues in their communities and prepare to play an active role in addressing them.
Volume I (2012)
The Journal’s debut article provides a detailed account of how the federal government came up with the idea of relying on an independent commission to close military installations and how Congress settled on the BRAC process used most recently in 2005. The article is an excellent first step for communities and others trying to gain a sense of Congress’ most likely moves in the immediate future as DoD tries to start a new BRAC round.
The article explores the changes that are prompting military and community leaders to take a closer look at partnerships, and provides a template for assessing the success of a prospective collaboration. The paper includes two case studies — the arrangement under which the city of Monterey, Calif., provides all facility maintenance at the Presidio of Monterey; and the enhanced use lease at Nellis Air Force Base that resulted in the city of North Las Vegas building a $25 million fitness center for the Air Force.