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A partnership formed last year between the Defense and Energy departments has already paid dividends for military installations, leading to $15 million in energy conservation savings at some of DOD’s 307,000 buildings. Under the agreement, officials from the two departments direct investments into conservation-related technologies for military installations and battlefield operations …READ MORE
The commander of Fort Carson is considering the possibility of taking advantage of available facilities at Pueblo Chemical Depot to provide space for a new combat aviation brigade slated to arrive in 2013. The related question of whether DOD still considers the chemical depot a BRAC site is still up in the air …READ MORE
The Defense and Agriculture departments have formally recognized an ongoing relationship intended to strengthen the ability of communities to support military families and increase their opportunities in the workforce, as well as to expand child care and youth development programs. “They’ve studied and developed some of America’s most promising practices for strengthening communities — the same communities where our military members and their families live …READ MORE
President Obama’s nomination of CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Robert Gates as secretary of defense is receiving praise from many quarters, largely because he shares many of the same qualities Gates is admired for. Both are “pragmatic, non-ideological problem solvers who know their way around the White House …READ MORE
If confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of defense, Leon Panetta will bring the unique outlook of a public official who has focused on a variety of issues affecting defense communities, including BRAC redevelopment, growth and mission support, to the post. As a native of Monterey who represented the Central Coast of California for 16 years in the U.S. Congress, Panetta, now director of the CIA, was both a witness and forceful leader in multiple efforts that supported the region’s military presence …READ MORE
In less than two weeks, ADC will bring together about 75 representatives from defense communities, the Defense Department, Congress and the private sector to discuss ways to promote community-military partnerships that will enhance military missions and lower the cost of supporting installations. Following an overview on the current state of community-military partnering, the May 9 Defense Policy Forum, “Promoting Efficiency and Innovation through Public-Public Partnerships,” will hold discussions designed to elicit recommended changes in DOD policy or authorities …READ MORE
President Obama is scheduled today to announce he is nominating CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Robert Gates as secretary of defense. If Panetta is confirmed by the Senate, he would take over June 30 when Gates is scheduled to retire …READ MORE