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  • House Budget Cuts Get Personal; Republicans Hit Presidio Trust

    In what has been termed a swipe at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Republicans last week approved an amendment that would eliminate federal funding for the Presidio Trust during debate over the continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the end of fiscal 2011. The trust, the nonprofit established by Congress to administer the Presidio of San Francisco after it was shuttered in 1994, had been slated to receive $15 million in 2011 …

  • Washington Symposium on Federal Realty Next Month

    Public Sector Realty is sponsoring a symposium on federal realty and infrastructure March 4 in Washington, D.C. Sessions will include: Drop the “C”ost and Add the “V”alue to BRAC; The Inner Workings of a Renewable Energy Deal; 30-Year Present Value Analysis & Beyond: Converting Long-term Realty Assets into Annual Cash Accounting Expenses; and Federal Assets: An Asset & Portfolio Management Challenge & Opportunity …

  • Authority Holds First Public Meeting on Reuse of Willow Grove

    The Horsham LRA held the first of several public meetings on Monday intended to collect public input on possible uses for the 892 surplus acres at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove. The redevelopment authority’s late start on crafting a reuse plan is a direct result of then-Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s attempt to turn the Philadelphia-area site into a state-run homeland security hub …

  • University Partners with Grand Forks AFB on UAS Training Center

    University of North Dakota officials signed a lease with the Air Force last week to build a training facility for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), helping the school to create a UAS Center of Excellence. The center will feature a flight simulator allowing undergraduate students to train on the MQ1 Predator and the MQ Reaper. In addition to providing training and education, the center of excellence will provide a laboratory for research and development, and the ability to test UAS for use in the national airspace system …

  • Pentagon Needs to Pay Its Share of Road Improvements, Report Says

    In light of the significant jump in traffic congestion expected at many of the installations growing as a result of BRAC 2005, the Pentagon should accept more responsibility for traffic problems it causes, according to a congressionally mandated study released this week. The report, from the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board, calls for Congress to consider a special appropriation or the allocation of uncommitted stimulus funds to pay for near-term improvements in communities most severely affected by the base closure round …

  • Navy Hands Over Airfield at Brunswick to LRA

    Months than three months before the Navy is scheduled to disestablish Naval Air Station Brunswick, local, state and federal officials on Monday celebrated the transfer of more than 715 acres of runways, hangars and other facilities at the installation to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. The public benefit conveyance of the airport property marks the first transfer by the Navy at the 3,200-acre base in southern Maine …

  • Defense Communities 360 Online Publication Launches!

    Welcome to the debut of the new Defense Communities 360 online publication, which will feature news articles, feature stories, links to other stories …

  • Cuts in Base Support to Boost Army’s Reliance on Partnering

    One approach the Army will pursue to cope with limits on funding for installation services is partnering with communities and base operating support contractors, Joe Calcara, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations and housing, said at the outset of a super session at the ADC 2011 Winter Forum on how partnerships can advance installation efficiency. Calcara described the approach, termed “integrated sourcing,” as the latest evolution of strategic outsourcing. The Army likely would look to partner with either a community municipal services provider or an existing contractor that can promise to offer significant savings at a particular installation …


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