- July 19, 2018
The Association of Defense Communities is joining forces with the Governor's Military Council of California to host a special two-day event bringing key leaders from around the state and DOD to explore issues that are defining the future of California's defense communities.
The Association of Defense Communities is bringing its Base Redevelopment Forum back to its roots. First held in Portland, Maine in 2013, this Forum has become the nation’s leading forum focused on large-scale redevelopment. Our focus is beyond BRAC; it is about advancing economic opportunity through community-driven redevelopment.
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When it comes to planning a community’s needs, going it alone has its attractions, but in an area dotted with jurisdictions such an approach likely won’t be effective. Five years ago, the 10 cities and three counties that make up Hampton Roads recognized they lacked a central organization to sustain the region’s many military and federal facilities and banded together to form an organization dedicated to preserving their presence …READ MORE
Defense Secretary Robert Gates made it clear that there are some programs that shouldn’t be touched as senior officials study options for trimming $400 billion from defense spending over the next 12 years — family programs and training. “I don’t want any money taken out of those …READ MORE
The House Appropriations Committee has been unable to exercise proper congressional oversight of the environmental restoration program over the past six years due to the Defense Department’s failure to provide basic information regarding its use of contracted services. “Responsibility for contracts is spread across individual sites and installations, and the department appears to have limited knowledge of how funding is spent or deliverables are met across the program …READ MORE
Communities across the nation need to lead the way in monitoring the mental health of military families and providing the needed care to support them, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told military advocates Tuesday. “It can’t be done from Washington; it can be supported [from Washington], but not led …READ MORE
A new operational energy strategy unveiled by the Pentagon Tuesday is intended to transform the way the military uses fuel during wartime, but it also could drive “extraordinary innovation” by the commercial market for both vehicles and buildings. “It will greatly accelerate the energy revolution …READ MORE
While BRAC is providing a significant population boost to the area surrounding Fort Benning, an unrelated proposal to add up to 82,800 acres in training lands to the western Georgia post is making many residents in its neighboring counties anxious. Benning officials held four public meetings last week to collect input from residents that could be affected by one of the five alternatives the Army is considering …READ MORE
Almost $900 million out of $10.7 billion in savings DOD identified as part of an initiative to trim overhead costs and improve efficiency are “unrealistic” and cannot be relied on when crafting the department’s budget, according to the House Appropriations Committee. “While the committee applauds the department’s attempt to reduce costs through efficiencies, the committee … believes that such savings often times never materialize …READ MORE