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With the prospect of a new BRAC round seemingly off the table for the time being, Congress should offer the Pentagon some authority to divest unneeded property, according to a commentary in Defense One by two officials from Business Executives for National Security. A relaxing of restrictions on the DOD’s ability to transfer real estateREAD MORE
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday indicated he would consider requests from East Coast governors to exclude their states from the administration’s plan to permit drilling in most U.S. continental shelf-waters. “States matter, the local voice matters, you matter and the governor matters,” Zinke told Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing.READ MORE
In an effort to increase the supply of housing for military personnel assigned to Los Angeles AFB, a number of neighboring communities are pledging to encourage property owners to offer service members reasonable rental rates along with other benefits. Under the initiative — spearheaded by the Air Force Community Partnership Program, elected leaders from surroundingREAD MORE
The Navy has consistently downplayed the importance of the 355-ship fleet-size target it released in December 2016 since Jim Mattis became defense secretary, reports Defense News. The pattern continued Monday when a top Navy official told the audience at the Sea-Air-Space expo to focus less on the 355-ship figure and more on achieving the “rightREAD MORE
In a shuffle of subcommittee chairs on the Senate Appropriations Committee triggered by the resignation earlier this month of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Arkansas Sen. John Boozman (R) will take the gavel for the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs panel, the committee announced Tuesday. Boozman replaces Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) atop the milcon spending panel. BoozmanREAD MORE
Developers of privatized housing projects face a range of issues that could affect their financial condition and future sustainment, including changes in the number of personnel at an installation, the need to maintain aging infrastructure and unforeseen project expenses. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighted the list to show that a policy change implemented inREAD MORE
Officials today are scheduled to formally dedicate a 28-megawatt solar array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which is projected to reduce base energy costs by about $1.75 million annually over the next 25 years, reports the Santa Ynez Valley News. Equally important, the project will provide the installation a redundant source of power for its spaceREAD MORE