U.S.

March 27, 2013

Consultant to study Virginia’s military assets

Virginia is preparing for potential base realignments and closures by hiring a consultant to study the state’s military assets.

The Alexandria-based Spectrum Group will develop a closure risk assessment for each military base in the state. The company will report its findings the state’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities.

The Spectrum Group is doing similar work for Alabama and Florida.  Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security Secretary Terrie Suit told The Virginian-Pilot that the company’s work for other states shouldn’t be a conflict. The $300,000 contract contains a confidentiality agreement that prohibits Spectrum from sharing its findings with third parties.

“We’re going to be very careful about the information sharing on this because we learned last time that the competitors are very aggressive,” said Suit, referring to 2005, when the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, or BRAC, proposed closing Oceana Naval Air Station and sending the Navy’s fleet of F/A-18 Hornets to Florida. “We don’t want to give away our strategies.”

Retired Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, said he is glad that Virginia is being more proactive than it was for the previous round of base realignments and closures.

Congress hasn’t yet signaled support for another round of base realignments and closures. But Quigley said it’s good to begin preparing for potential cuts.  “There are a variety of states that are doing what Virginia is now doing to prepare themselves for the potential for another round or two of BRAC,” Quigley said. “We’re seeing what other states are seeing and preparing accordingly.”

 

 

 

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs February 27, 2015

Ukraine will start pulling back heavy weapons in the east Ukraine’s military says it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Feb. 26 that it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the...
 
 

Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled...
 
 
NASA photograph by Brian Tietz

NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Director...
 

 
navy-china

USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>