• Pentagon to Revise Road Funding Criteria

    In response to recommendations in a congressionally mandated study, DOD will revise the eligibility criteria for determining whether the Pentagon will foot the bill to upgrade local roads projected to experience significant congestion as a result of mission growth at a neighboring installation. The announcement was included in the written testimony submitted by Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, last week …

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  • Bill to Balance Budget Calls for Defense Cuts

    Legislation introduced last week by freshman Sen. Rand Paul to balance the budget in five years would not shield defense spending from cutbacks, calling for a 6 percent reduction in the department’s budget in fiscal 2012. “It, to me, is the ultimate compromise around here that will have to happen. Conservatives and conservative Republicans will have to acknowledge that being fiscally conservative also means they have to look at the military budget …

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  • Housing Competition Under Way for Northern Air Force Bases

    In the coming months, the Air Force will select a developer to assume control of family housing at six installations — Minot AFB, Grand Forks AFB and Cavalier AFS, N.D.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Cannon AFB, N.M. The housing privatization project calls for the Air Force to turn over 4,800 housing units and related facilities at the bases …

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  • Fort Ben LRA to Develop Mixed-use Building

    Convinced there is sufficient demand for new office and retail space, the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority in Indianapolis plans to break ground later this year on a speculative, mixed-use building. “We’ve got a lot of people here who are underserved” by retail, Kris Butler, the reuse authority’s executive director, told the Indianapolis Business Journal. The three-story building is expected to have 45,000 square feet, with up to 10,000 square feet of retail on the first floor …

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  • D.C., State Department Adjust Boundaries at Walter Reed

    The parcel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center designated to be redeveloped according to the reuse plan crafted by the District of Columbia has been reconfigured, improving the city’s prospects for turning the eastern boundary of the historic Washington, D.C., site into a bustling retail corridor. The revision stems from the General Services Administration’s decision last October to rescind its request for 34 acres of the campus, leaving the entire site to the District of Columbia and the State Department …

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  • New Air Force Cleanup Policy to Accelerate Site Closures

    The Air Force will shift its focus from installing “remedies in place” to achieving complete site closure at BRAC and non-BRAC sites, under a new policy established last month for the service’s environmental restoration program. “Getting the remedies in place is an important event and a terrific indicator of progress, but it’s time to shift our focus to actually completing our cleanups …

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