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The government’s latest attempt to dispose of the former Stratford Army Engine Plant in Connecticut yielded a single bid from a local developer for a proposed $1 billion resort. The GSA auction closed Nov. 18, but Hartmann Development has not yet heard whether the government will accept its $1 bid …READ MORE
With a recent agreement among Bexar County, the Army and the Nature Conservancy to permanently protect 1,244 undeveloped acres about 10 miles from Camp Bullis, San Antonio-area leaders have reached another critical milestone in their effort to protect the 28,000-acre installation from urban encroachment. This month’s agreement follows an extensive campaign by the city and county to regulate lighting and sound attenuation, and to preserve much-needed habitat …READ MORE
The candidates at last week’s Republican presidential debate in Washington largely agreed that the defense budget should not have to absorb the enormous cuts triggered when the supercommittee could not reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan. Rick Perry said it was “reprehensible” that the Pentagon’s budget is threatened as a result of the panel’s failure …READ MORE
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll met with 20 installation commanders last week to ensure state agencies and base commanders work together to forge continued growth and mission sustainment. The commanders meetings, held quarterly, generally focus on four areas — encroachment/land use, transportation/infrastructure, energy and quality of life/family support …READ MORE
To meet budget objectives for the new fiscal year, Ft. Bliss officials are relying on a campaign to streamline their use of contracts and offering early retirement to some of the post’s 4,000 civilian employees. While it’s not clear how many workers received the retirement officers, layoffs will remain the “last option …READ MORE
At a barbecue for military families held in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, the Beacon Council launched a program to help companies hire veterans and military spouses in Miami-Dade County as a step toward meeting their national hiring commitments made under the Joining Forces initiative …READ MORE
Pentagon officials will need to make “deep and irrevocable” cuts in its budget next year to generate the savings required by the automatic spending cuts even though they don’t kick in until January 2013, according to Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee …READ MORE
The Defense Department is not making contingency plans for the $500 billion budget hit triggered by the supercommittee’s failure to agree on a deficit reduction plan, the New York Times reported Tuesday. “We are not planning for the sequester,” Pentagon spokesman Doug Wilson said …READ MORE