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The March Joint Powers Authority soon will consider approving construction of a $1.6 million general aviation terminal at the joint use airfield at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California. A terminal would be the next step in opening up the airport at the former March Air Force Base to private aircraft and corporate jets since the authority and the Air Force agreed in 2008 to allow general aviation traffic …READ MORE
Officials from the city of Vallejo and Lennar Mare Island LLC last week celebrated the opening of two historic dry docks at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, a major step in the city’s efforts to replace the jobs lost when the shipyard closed in 1996. The ceremony followed a decision by the U.S. Maritime Administration to award a dismantling contract to Allied Defense Recycling for two ships from the Navy’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet …READ MORE
The General Services Administration declined the two bids it received in last month’s auction for the Stratford Army Engine Plant, marking the second time in three years the federal government has failed to complete a sale of the Connecticut property. In 2008, a New Haven-based film production studio submitted the winning $9.6 million bid for the site before the deal collapsed when the developer failed to obtain the necessary financing …READ MORE
The agreement the Port of Corpus Christi reached last week to sell the much of the former Naval Station Ingleside for $102.5 million to a firm planning to convert the site into an offshore oil exploration service center could create up to 2,500 jobs within five to eight years. The deal with Houston-based Canyon Supply and Logistics includes two parcels — the 483-acre main base and 433 undeveloped acres adjacent to it — except for a 100-acre “college campus” section of the naval station, reported the Caller-Times. Canyon retains an option to purchase the campus parcel for $28.5 million …READ MORE
Proposed cuts to the fiscal 2012 military construction budget would not affect ongoing work to ready San Antonio-area bases for BRAC growth, the San Antonio Express-News reported from last week’s ADC 2011 Winter Forum. Funding for BRAC projects already has been allocated, Clarence “CEM” Maxwell, deputy director of DOD’s San Antonio Joint Program Office, told the paper …READ MORE
DOD’s plan to begin dismantling Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) over the next several months would be postponed until the coming fiscal year, under an amendment the House approved last week during debate over the spending bill to fund the federal government through Sept. 30. The amendment, introduced by Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes (R), would prevent the use of FY 2011 funds “to effect or implement the disestablishment, closure or realignment” of JFCOM. The provision is intended to delay the command’s closure to allow Congress time to study how restructuring JFCOM could affect national security and the ability of the armed forces to work jointly …READ MORE
Army officials at last week’s ADC 2011 Winter Forum discussed a new policy intended to help contractors obtain a federal tax deduction for qualified energy efficient building investments. Prime contractors can request the deduction for improvements to interior lighting systems; heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water systems; and the building envelope. The deduction, which can only be requested by the improvement’s designer, can be worth up to $1.80 per square foot …READ MORE
Members of the House Armed Services Committee last week questioned Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ plan to cut the end strength of the Army by 27,000 soldiers and the Marine Corps by 15,000 to 20,000 troops starting in fiscal 2015. The size of the armed forces is “not something that you can just flip a switch,” Rep. Mac Thornberry said at the Feb. 16 hearing on the Pentagon’s FY 2012 budget request …READ MORE