- 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.
President Obama has nominated Vice Adm. Philip Cullom, who has served in command positions at sea and in senior policy posts ashore during a three-decade career, to become assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment. Cullom has served as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics since March 2012. Previously he was director of the Navy’s energy and environmental readiness division; from 2008 to 2010, he was director of the fleet readiness division. From 2007 to 2008, he commanded the Eisenhower and George Washington strike groups as commander of Carrier Strike Group 8 …READ MORE
With rising threats across the globe, punctuated by the Islamic State attacks in Paris earlier this month, the National Commission on the Future of the Army is likely to call for ending the Budget Control Act spending caps in its final report due in two months. “I would be shocked if they don’t come down hard on sequestration, which is the foundation of these issues to begin with,” an expert told Breaking Defense. The commission’s mandate, however, does not permit it to craft a plan requiring more funding than is anticipated …READ MORE
While defense community leaders tend to focus on a handful of looming uncertainties that could have significant impacts on local installations — including a potential BRAC round and reductions in force structure stemming from stringent budget caps — military bases are constantly undergoing change, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general for Colorado, told attendees at the ADC Defense Community Regional Forum held earlier this month in Colorado Springs, Colo. “It’s important to remember that throughout the past decade and a half, the population on the ground at Fort Carson has remained fluid as units were deployed, restationed and redeployed,” Edwards said, reported the Colorado Springs Business Journal. “While we tend to think of these installations as static and unchanging, they are as susceptible to change as the rest of our Department of Defense. So, I submit to you that we should embrace this change, for it will always be with us …READ MORE
At last week’s groundbreaking ceremony at the Army Heritage and Education Center at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., for a $2.25 million, 7,500-square-foot expansion of the visitor and education center, state and local officials underscored the center’s significance to the Army as well as the region. “This is the jewel in the crown of Army culture and Army education in America,” said Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Michael Stack (D). “This expansion really says this is the place for the Army War College to be,” said Stack, who also chairs the state Military Community Protection Commission. The Carlisle Barracks was founded 258 years ago, and officials hope that history will stay in Carlisle for a long time …READ MORE
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