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With a simple, “I’m not announcing another BRAC,” Joe Calcara, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations and housing, dispensed with an audience member’s question as to whether the need to rein in spending across the military would prompt the Pentagon to launch a new round of base closures. And in short order, representatives of the Navy and Air Force echoed Calcara’s response during an ADC 2011 Winter Forum super session on how partnerships can advance installation efficiency. Still, Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s principal deputy assistant secretary for installations and environment, and Kathleen Ferguson, the Air Force’s deputy assistant secretary for installations, pointed out that their services have excess capacity …READ MORE
At the conclusion of an ADC 2011 Winter Forum session highlighted by talk of a pending government shutdown and the prospect of constrained budgets for the Pentagon in future years, one speaker pointed out the immense opportunity the fiscal challenges create for defense communities. After several years, there should be numerous openings for communities to propose forming partnerships with DOD and other federal agencies, said David Berteau, senior advisor and director of the defense-industrial initiatives group for the Center for Strategic and International Studies …READ MORE
Passing the essential spending bills needed to keep the federal government running may be beyond the capabilities of the 112th Congress, but watching the drama unfold as the House Republican leadership gives way to the newly ascendant tea party freshmen is sure to be entertaining, according to a panel of inside-the-beltway experts at the ADC 2011 Winter Forum kickoff super session. “This is really unprecedented,” George Schlossberg, a partner with Kutak Rock LLP, said of the rise of a third political caucus in Congress — the tea party — and its potential to prevent House leaders from reaching a compromise with the Senate over funding the government through the remainder of fiscal 2011. And as a result, a federal shutdown looms when the current continuing resolution funding federal operations runs out March 4 …READ MORE
Spending on military construction, family housing, BRAC and related programs would fall $2.6 billion, compared to current spending levels, under the fiscal 2012 budget request released Monday by the Pentagon. Much of the decline, $1.9 billion, is the result BRAC 2005 implementation concluding, but military construction for active and reserve components still would absorb a $485 million reduction under President Obama’s request. The large drop-off in the request for BRAC 2005 — from the current spending level of $2.2 billion to $259 million — was expected with the military slated to finish carrying out the recommendations by Sept. 15. The FY 2012 funding primarily would go toward cleaning up closed bases. Spending on cleanup at sites closed under the first four rounds would decline $36 million to $324 million under the request …READ MORE
Over $3 billion in construction at three San Antonio military installations. The arrival of almost 50,000 medic students each year at Fort Sam Houston. The establishment of the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam and Lackland Air Force Base. The creation of Joint Base San Antonio, the military’s largest installation by population. Unless you were confined to a deep bunker at an undisclosed location for the past six years, it would have been difficult to miss the news that BRAC 2005 is transforming San Antonio into DOD’s principal center for medical training, bringing a projected $15 billion annual economic impact. What the headlines don’t mention is the military’s partnership with CPS Energy, the area’s municipally owned utility that is supporting the growth through investments to ensure the area’s bases have a reliable source of energy …READ MORE
Defense spending would rise by $9.6 billion in the current fiscal year compared to fiscal 2010, with military construction and veterans affairs spending falling by $1.9 billion, under the allocation released this week by the House Budget Committee for each of the fiscal 2011 appropriations bills. Spending in both defense-related bills would drop when compared to the president’s FY 2011 request — defense by $13.2 billion and milcon and veterans affairs by $1.3 billion. The House plan would provide a total of $517.7 billion for defense spending and $74.7 billion for milcon and veterans affairs in FY 2011. Of the allocations for the 12 appropriations panels, defense is the only one that would not fall, compared to 2010, with federal-wide discretionary spending dropping on a net basis by $32 billion …READ MORE