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Forts Bliss and Carson, the two installations selected by the Army last week to attain net zero consumption of energy, water and waste by 2020, already have strong sustainability programs to build on. Fort Bliss, Texas, plans to build a 20-megawatt solar array and a net zero, 500-home community …READ MORE
The bold plan to refashion Treasure Island into a master-planned, urban neighborhood moved one step closer to reality after the San Francisco Planning Commission Thursday approved the $1.5 billion development located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. The 400-acre, transit-oriented project’s reuse plan calls for 8,000 residential units in buildings ranging from townhouses to high-rises, with a strong emphasis on affordable housing …READ MORE
Apparently, the powers that be have deigned Leon Panetta the next secretary of defense. While it is not yet clear if the powers that be includes the president or any of his closest advisors, the CIA director appears to be the frontrunner among Washington insiders as to who will replace Robert Gates when he steps down before the end of the year …READ MORE
The effort to identify the hundreds of billions of dollars in defense savings called for under President Obama’s debt reduction proposal will be an analytical process that outlines the impacts varying levels of budget cuts will have on force structure, missions and capabilities. “What I want to do is frame this in a way the consequences and the risks are identified so people can make well-thought-out decisions …READ MORE
The Presidio of Monterey, Calif., this week received a Secretary of the Army Superior Quality-of-Life award for partnering with a local agency to encourage the use of mass transit. The Army garrison’s partnership with Monterey Salinas Transit reduced pollution and traffic congestion, alleviated parking constraints, expanded transportation options …READ MORE
U.S. Army Accessions Command, the activity responsible for recruiting the service’s officer and enlisted ranks, will be inactivated as a result of efficiency reviews conducted by the Army and DOD. Over the next year to 18 months, the Accessions Command inactivation is expected to create economic savings through manpower reductions, including the elimination of two general officer and 65 other military positions, about 130 civilian positions …READ MORE
Following “damning evidence” from DOD’s inspector general that the Army used faulty data to justify its plan to move thousands of defense workers to a site in Alexandria, Va., Rep. Jim Moran is encouraging the city of Alexandria, surrounding counties and the commonwealth of Virginia to take legal action to delay the transfer. “I think we finally have the credible foundation for a legal challenge to this pending fiasco …READ MORE