• Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Arsenals to Lease Excess Space

    Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Arsenals to Lease Excess Space0

    The Defense Department’s three manufacturing arsenals would regain the authority to offer long-term leases for excess space to the private sector, under bipartisan legislation introduced last week in the Senate. The Arsenal Installation Reutilization Authority would allow the arsenals — Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark.; and Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y. — to approve 25-year leases until September 2019, generating jobs and income until 2044, according to a news release issued by the office of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Ernst introduced the legislation along with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). The arsenals’ long-term leasing authority expired in 2012 …

  • Eglin AFB Seeks Partner to Develop Excess Property

    Eglin AFB Seeks Partner to Develop Excess Property0

    After partnering with a developer to build a 152-room, beachfront Holiday Inn Resort on 17 acres in Fort Walton Beach, officials at Eglin Air Force Base are seeking ideas for a 50-acre property in the same city on the Florida Panhandle. “Some of our land was underutilized and not necessary for our mission needs,” Glenn Wagner, director of real estate for Eglin, told the Pensacola News Journal. The 2014 project, built through an enhanced use lease, was so successful that the developer is building a 175-room Hilton Garden Inn next door, Wagner said …

  • Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services

    Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services0

    The Army has launched a formal effort to consider a new model for providing installation support services with the aim of turning over some functions to the private sector and finding more efficient uses for posts’ excess property. Army facility experts next month will meet for one week to determine what functions need to be located on an installation and to craft a plan for transferring responsibility for on-base services that could be delivered outside a post’s security perimeter to private operators, reported Federal News Radio. “I think we have an opportunity to reset ourselves for the future, taking a look at new technologies, new requirements, current affordability,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …

  • Congress to Hold off New Base Closures for Now, Colorado Lawmaker Says0

    The leadership of the House Armed Services Committee remains opposed to DOD’s request for a new BRAC round, said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R), but Colorado Springs leaders need to be prepared for the prospect that Congress OKs a BRAC at some point. “It’s an issue that isn’t going away,” Lamborn told local business leaders Monday. “How we respond as a community is a big deal …

  • Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence

    Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence0

    A study sponsored by the Michigan Defense Center is expected to shape state efforts to preserve its Army and Air National Guard facilities following a future BRAC round as well as to attract new missions. DOD accounts for an estimated $8 billion in annual spending in Michigan, an impact the center would like to grow. About 67 of Michigan’s 83 counties are a place of business under at least one defense contract, said Sean Carlson, the agency’s executive director. The $400,000 study — being prepared by Matrix Design Group — should provide officials an understanding of what military activities would best fit the state’s industries and workforce, reported Crain’s Detroit Business. The study should be completed within several weeks. The military has a significant amount of excess infrastructure and needs to find ways to cut spending on its infrastructure. “It stands to reason that you can’t afford to keep everything you have open, so there is a lot of pressure to make base operations dollars stretch further,” said Sal Nodjomian, executive vice president at Matrix and program manager for the study.

  • Obama Administration Again Looks to Military Bases to House Border-Crossing Minors

    Obama Administration Again Looks to Military Bases to House Border-Crossing Minors0

    For the second time in less than two years, the Obama administration is considering using military installations to house unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, according to lawmakers. The Department of Health and Human Services has asked for a total of 5,000 beds at military facilities to meet an increase in demand, said DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson. HHS, which would be responsible for overseeing and funding the operation, is considering six installations to house the minors …