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Interview: Brett Lambert, U.S. Defense Department's Industrial Policy Chief

Defense News - December 17, 2012, By Zachary Fryer-Biggs

Not long ago, the industrial base policy office at the Pentagon was relegated to afterthought status during years of booming defense spending. Allocation of resources takes a back seat when the money is seemingly unlimited. But with budgets facing a serious squeeze, industrial base policy has come roaring back as a critical component of defense strategy. Every major acquisition decision is now being considered through the prism of base impact, and every potential merger or acquisition carefully reviewed for possible harm to competition.

Ga. Makes New Push To Protect Military Bases

ArmyTimes - December 15, 2012, By Russ Bynum, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga.--With nine bases contributing an estimated $20 billion to the state's economy each year, Georgia has good reason to want to protect its investment in the military--and good reason to be nervous about the coming years.

Defense Workforce

The Washington Post - December 14, 2012, By Eric Yoder

Washington-area members of the House will ask their colleagues to reject a Senate plan that could result in about a 5 percent loss of Defense Department civilian positions, along with a similar cut in contractor jobs.

Offense on Defense

The News Herald - November 4, 2012

If tourism is the fuel that powers Florida’s economic engine, the military is the motor oil that keeps things running smoothly. The state’s 20 military installations provide a $60 billion economic impact and contribute 686,000 jobs. That’s especially relevant in Northwest Florida, including Bay County, which is home to Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City.

Congress Expected To Deliver On Half Of Pentagon's Priorities During Lame-Duck

DEFCON Hill - November 4, 2012, By Carlo Munoz and Jeremy Herb

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will likely get half of what he wants Congress to deliver during the lame-duck session, but a deal to stave off devastating defense cuts under sequestration may not be part of that plan, defense analysts and congressional sources tell The Hill.

Santa Rosa Gets Eglin Encroachment Report

Daily News - October 25, 2012, By DUSTY RICKETTS

MILTON— The No. 1 reason military bases close or missions move to other locations is encroachment.

Santa Rosa County commissioners on Thursday accepted the final version of the Eglin Air Force Base Small Area Studies report on encroachment, and will begin discussing its implementation in the near future.

Effort to Limit Development Around Air Station Ready for Takeoff

The Island Packet - October 25, 2012, By PATRICK DONOHUE

A long-planned program to limit growth around Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort has been praised by a state planning group, just days before its launch.

Edge on Employment: Fort Meade Grows Beyond BRAC

Capital Gazette - October 23, 2012, By KIRKLAND J. MURRAY

The federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative has led to a more technical and knowledge-based workforce that is fueling the economy and Fort George G. Meade is the epicenter of Anne Arundel County growth.

Beaufort Planning Efforts Honored With Outstanding Planning Award

American Planning Association, South Carolina Chapter - October, 23, 2012

LITCHFIELD BEACH, SC: Beaufort County, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, the Lowcountry Council of Governments, and the Planning Center were recently honored as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Planning award by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) at its annual conference October 19 at Litchfield Beach. The Outstanding Planning award is presented to a project of local significance that shows innovation, quality, transferability, comprehensiveness, sustainability and cost benefit. These agencies were recognized for their partnership in creating the Beaufort Area TDR Implementation Study.

State Panel OKs Alameda Point Redevelopment Deal

Mercury News - October 22, 2012, By Peter Hegarty

ALAMEDA -- The California State Lands Commission has approved a land exchange with the city that Alameda officials are hailing as a "milestone" in the redevelopment of the former U.S. Navy base since it will pave the way for creating a public trust for property along the waterfront.