The Senate is likely to begin debate on the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill Wednesday morning, the staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee told CQ. The measure, which authorizes nearly $708 billion in defense spending, is expected to be available shortly. … Virginia has released a new update to a tool designed to provide the state and localities a better understanding of the regions and industries that would be adversely affected by cuts in defense spending, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced last week. The model, developed by Chmura Economics & Analytics through an OEA grant, consists of supply-chain mapping of DOD contract awards, including spending and employment impacts by industry and occupation and forecasts by product service codes. Defense contract spending in Virginia fell from $43.2 billion in fiscal 2012 to $34.6 billion in FY 2017, according to a commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Christine Chmura, CEO and chief economist of the consultant. … Officials from the Army and the Hawaiian Electric Co. last week dedicated a 50-megawatt, $167 million generating station located at Schofield Barracks that will enhance energy resilience for several Army facilities as well as Oahu’s electric grid. The plant, which will use a combination of biofuels and conventional fuels, will supply power to residents across the island during normal operations, but would provide backup power to Army facilities in Central Oahu — including Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Field Station Kunia — during power outages. The new generating station is Oahu’s only power plant located in the center of the island, making it more immune from natural disaster such as hurricanes, tsunamis and rising sea levels, reports Pacific Business News.
Rendering courtesy of Hawaiian Electric Co.