In Other News: FBI to Add 1,350 Workers at Redstone Arsenal; Administration Needs to Preserve Sustainment Funding for Privatized Housing Projects, Executive Says; Group Calls for Closing Overseas Bases

In Other News: FBI to Add 1,350 Workers at Redstone Arsenal; Administration Needs to Preserve Sustainment Funding for Privatized Housing Projects, Executive Says; Group Calls for Closing Overseas Bases

The FBI is planning to relocate 1,350 personnel and contractors from the Washington, D.C., region to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., starting in 2021, the agency announced Thursday. The expansion is expected to ultimately reach between 4,000 and 5,000 jobs, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told AL.com. The FBI now has about 300 employees at its two campuses at Redstone. “The FBI is extremely excited to announce today that we are moving forward with our first large-scale operations support building,” Robert Hamilton, FBI senior executive for Redstone, said during a presentation to local leaders at the annual Redstone Update. “This is not a relocation of resources but rather a transformation of mission sets to one extremely powerful campus,” Hamilton said. … The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request needs to fully fund the shortfall in revenue developers of privatized housing projects receive from service members as a result of a recent policy change reducing the rate of increase in the basic allowance for housing (BAH), according to an op-ed by Sinclair Cooper, president of Hunt Companies’ Public Infrastructure Development Division, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Language in the FY 2019 defense authorization bill requires DOD to pay developers 5 percent of BAH cost calculations to protect their recapitalization accounts. … A coalition of scholars and advocates from across the political spectrum is calling on the Pentagon to begin a process to close the nation’s overseas bases in an effort to improve national security and save billions of dollars annually. An open letter the group sent on Thursday to Congress and the Trump administration said the nation’s global footprint increases military tension and supports undemocratic regimes. The letter also said technological advances have made foreign bases obsolete. “The strategy of maintaining U.S. military dominance with a network of about 800 military bases spread across the globe has left us seriously overstretched. It has diverted our resources from our domestic needs, as well as from constructive, non-military forms of global engagement,”

 AL.com photo by Paul Gattis

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