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The Mesa (Ariz.) Redevelopment Authority has advertised a request for proposals for a consultant to assist staff with the preparation of an economic development conveyance application for the reuse and transition of the Mesa Air Force Research Lab. The AFRL was selected for closure under BRAC 2005 and is slated to be moved to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.READ MORE
Defense spending is not the cause of the nation’s fiscal crisis, but DOD’s budget will be called on to help reduce the growing debt, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during a speech Tuesday. “As a matter of simple arithmetic and political reality, the Department of Defense must be at least part of the solution …READ MORE
Legislation designed to slash thousands of unneeded federal properties through a civilian BRAC commission and save billions of dollars was approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee. The Civilian Property Realignment Act would establish a framework through which an independent commission would review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations, co-locations, redevelopment, selling or other actions to minimize costs and produce savings for the taxpayer …READ MORE
Emphasizing that the strain on Guam’s municipal infrastructure stemming from the relocation of 8,000-plus Marines from Okinawa is not a “military problem,” the House Appropriations Committee is urging the Obama administration to include other agencies in the federal effort to help the island prepare for the influx. Because the realignment is the result of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Japan, “DOD should not be isolated as the sole source of funding for the necessary improvements to physical and human capital in Guam …READ MORE
Vermont, North Dakota and Nebraska over the past week adopted an interstate agreement intended to smooth the transition between school districts when military children move, bringing to 39 the number of participating states. The Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation …READ MORE