ADC is launching a new program at this year’s summit with a focus on the ideas and issues that are key to strengthening the foundation of readiness for our military and communities.
Read the official press release and learn more about the Great American Defense Communities program.
ADC’s 2019 Annual Report provides a look back at 2018 and shares exciting 2019 news and updates.
Elementary and secondary public schools at military installations would get a second $250 million injection of funding, under a provision in the draft fiscal 2012 defense spending bill released Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. The FY 2011 budget deal reached less than two months ago also allocated $250 million for the effort …READ MORE
Units of Bank of America and Morgan Stanley agreed Thursday to pay $22.4 million to settle allegations that they wrongfully foreclosed on active-duty service members in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Countrywide Financial, acquired by Bank of America in 2008, will pay $20 million for foreclosing on about 160 military personnel without court orders between 2006 and 2009 …READ MORE
First Lady Michelle Obama often points out that one of the reasons support for military families is so critical now is the change in the demographic profile of service members. During the Vietnam War generation, a majority of personnel were single men; whereas today, more than half are married, and 40 percent have two or more kids …READ MORE
The Defense Department’s plan to realign its forces in South Korea, Japan and Guam could cost the United States and its allies $46.7 billion or more through 2020, according to a new GAO report. DOD is conducting the initiatives without comprehensive cost information or an analysis of alternatives, hampering policy makers from determining the most affordable strategy …READ MORE
The cleanup of installations closed during the first four BRAC rounds is taking too long, partially because DOD “consistently underspends” its annual appropriations, the House Appropriations Committee noted last week. “The pace of cleanup remains painfully slow, with some bases predicted not to be fully cleaned for upwards of 300 years or more …READ MORE
The services should set up a process for military families to establish charter schools at installations that are not supported adequately by the local public school system. The need for charter schools comes as frequent moves by military families highlight “the differences and inequities” among public school systems …READ MORE
Sens. Carl Levin, John McCain and Jim Webb are pointing to a new report from the Government Accountability Office as the latest evidence in support of their recent recommendations for the Pentagon to revamp its plan to move 8,000-plus Marines from Okinawa to Guam. GAO concludes that DOD planning to transform its facilities in Japan and South Korea lacks critical cost information and an analysis of alternatives that are essential to assess the projects’ affordability …READ MORE
Growing military installations face a host of challenges related to mission readiness and sustainability that can only be addressed through collaborative planning with local and regional authorities. Many of those issues center around the community’s ability to support the base and its personnel, including housing, transportation, environmental infrastructure, public safety, and workforce and education …READ MORE