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In her opening remarks prior to a BRAC 2005 media event, Katherine Hammack summed up the tremendous strides the Army has taken over the previous six years. She noted the gains the Army has made from repositioning and rebalancing its forces, creating new centers of excellence and restructuring the Reserves, before pointing out the enormous contribution the Army’s $18 billion BRAC construction effort has made to support the economy …READ MORE
The Army Corps of Engineers has reversed a plan to move its North Atlantic Division headquarters from Fort Hamilton to Manhattan, handing New York Rep. Michael Grimm a huge victory after he vowed to block the move of the division headquarters from his Brooklyn district. Local officials had been concerned that losing the Corps’ 100-plus personnel from the 186-year-old site could lead to the eventual closure of the installation …READ MORE
If you were to take a tour of the perimeter of Naval Air Station Oceana with Virginia Beach officials today, they would be able to point out the empty lots where hundreds of dwelling units and several dozen commercial ones once stood. They also would be able to show you the thousands of acres that have been rezoned to prevent new development from sprouting up …READ MORE
Economic development officials in Arizona are trying to leverage several of their prime military assets — open air space and ideal flying weather — to grow the state’s aerospace and defense industries. Defense contractors currently are conducting several tests a week of UAVs in restricted airspace over land used by the Arizona National Guard above Mesa …READ MORE
Officials at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center in California last week celebrated the opening of the Irwin Town Center, a development featuring 26,000 square feet of retail space, unaccompanied housing and a community plaza in the heart of the garrison …READ MORE
DOD would absorb $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade under the deficit reduction plan introduced last week by Sen. Tom Coburn. His 614-page plan — which would trim the federal deficit by $9 trillion and balance the budget — has not gained traction among the leadership of either party, but it provides a useful benchmark for measuring prospective defense cuts …READ MORE
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue held the first of four regional military summits Thursday in the host community for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, focusing on issues both inside and outside the installation’s gates affecting its long-term military value. One issue that came up repeatedly was the region’s dependence on Cherry Point …READ MORE