- October 15, 2015
This year, ADC held Defense Community Regional Forums across the country, educating stakeholders on the important issues facing military installations as well as the strategies available to local leaders that can create sustainable partnerships. ADC is accepting community applications to host 2016 regional forums!
Join us on December 16, 2015. The Forum will frame four of the biggest issues facing the Defense Department and other federal agencies in the area of the overall sustainability of federal assets: Energy Efficiency, Utilities Privatization, Renewables and Water/Wastewater/Stormwater Systems.
IIF 2016 is moving to Charleston, SC, a top destination strategically located near half a dozen key defense installations from each of the services, with a proud military history that stretches back to the revolutionary war. Mark your calendar and make plans to be a part of Installation Innovation 2016.
Defense officials are putting the final touches on the department’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal, with all programmatic decisions having been completed, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. “We hope to have the whole thing locked by the 18th of December,” Work told reporters. After going to the Pentagon Comptroller’s Office, the request is due at the Office of Management and Budget on Jan. 5, reported Politico. The Obama administration is scheduled to submit the federal budget to Congress on Feb. 1. One major challenge of crafting the new budget was finding about $17 billion in savings from the department’s draft FY 2017 budget released this past February …READ MORE
One of the primary missions of the local organization dedicated to promoting Dobbins Air Reserve Base, located about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, is describing the significant role the installation plays in national security as well as in the region’s economy. “Most people in Washington think Dobbins Air Reserve Base is some little reserve base with five airplanes,” said David Connell, CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and an official with Team Dobbins. “It’s got 21 tenants. The runway can land any aircraft in the world. We’re the only [major] military installation in metro Atlanta …READ MORE
The General Services Administration (GSA) will look for real estate deals that allow it to reduce the federal government’s footprint in downtown areas while promoting economic growth for communities, Director Denise Turner Roth said last week. “It’s really how we try to seek to leverage our footprint in communities and support the economic visions of those communities while getting the best value for our partner agencies,” said Roth, after returning from a three-city tour to promote the agency’s new Economic Catalyst Initiative …READ MORE
360 wishes all of its readers a happy Thanksgiving! Look for the next issue on Monday, Nov. 30.READ MORE
Appropriators continue to hash out the differences between House and Senate versions of each of the 12 fiscal 2016 spending bills as they aim to beat the Dec. 11 deadline to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus before the existing continuing resolution expires. Subcommittee-level talks are scheduled to finish soon, with unresolved issues over funding and language slated to be handed over to the full House and Senate Appropriations committees afterward. Committee leaders will need to release a bill text by the end of the first week in December to leave time for the two chambers to consider the omnibus …READ MORE
The commission evaluating the structure and size of the Army is considering the possibility of multi-component aviation units that include both regular Army and reserve personnel, partly as a way to embrace the “Total Army” concept. The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s aviation subcommittee is studying the Army’s controversial plan to move the National Guard’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the service’s active component. The subcommittee — led by Commissioner Robert Hale, the former DOD comptroller — is looking not just at force structure options but also at “organizational options,” including ways the Army could make greater use of multi-component units, Hale told Defense News …READ MORE