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The House Armed Services Committee wants DOD to “aggressively and effectively” carry out utilities privatization so the services can focus on their core missions, according to language in the report accompanying the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill. Privatization can make the military’s consumption of energy and water more efficient, and is a cost-effective way to improve installation infrastructure …READ MORE
The comprehensive review of military spending dictated by President Obama’s plan to trim $400 billion from the Pentagon’s budget over the next 12 years will primarily rely on an assessment of the nation’s future defense strategy, but a continuation of last year’s effort to reduce overhead expenditures also will contribute to the exercise. “We must be even more aggressive in curtailing bureaucratic excess and overhead before considering fundamental changes in national strategy or force capabilities …READ MORE
Community leaders from the Midwest and West met with Army One Source community support coordinators to discuss ways to get more local organizations involved in supporting military families on issues related to behavioral health, finance and faith. Representatives from Michigan, for example, said their greatest needs were training resources for community-based chaplains working with military families in rural areas, and first responders and mental health professionals to improve their ability to communicate with personnel and family members in crisis …READ MORE
A newly built development of 78 homes at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, received one of the nation’s first certifications for a sustainable neighborhood development, a tribute to the green building practices and smart growth principles the project followed. The Simpson Wisser neighborhood is one of 11 projects in the United States to become a LEED certified neighborhood …READ MORE
The doctors don’t make house calls, but under a new Army initiative to build medical clinics outside the gates of its posts, chances are the doctors will be a lot closer to the homes of soldiers and family members scheduled for checkups. The two clinics the Army opened this week outside of Fort Hood in Killeen offer primary care; both are located in shopping centers.READ MORE
The Army informed the Pueblo Depot Authority last week that it still considers Pueblo Chemical Depot a BRAC site, a key decision that should help promote the depot’s reuse. The status of the site, which was realigned following the 1988 round, had become uncertain in recent years, calling into question the ability of the depot to take advantage of the economic development tools allowed by the BRAC disposal process …READ MORE
In an attempt to jump start the economic recovery of BRAC installations, the House Armed Services Committee is recommending DOD work with defense contractors to consider whether any of the “unique capabilities” residing at closed installations can be retained for military applications. The committee cites secure compartmented information facilities (SCIFs) as an example of an asset at closed installations that be would expensive for the private sector to replicate and that has defense applications …READ MORE
Cannon Air Force Base has helped serve as a launching point for over 130 officers who rose to the rank of general after leaving the installation since 1943, an outcome that also benefits the surrounding communities in eastern New Mexico. When the military needs to make critical decisions about a base, it helps if the senior leadership is familiar with it …READ MORE