Magazine article Army

DoD Proposes Additional BRAC Measures

Magazine article Army

DoD Proposes Additional BRAC Measures

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DoD's request that Congress authorize two additional Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) rounds (in fiscal years 2013 and 2015) in order to reduce the defense budget met with such strong opposition in late March that the Pentagon announced it will use its own authority to close bases with fewer than 300 civilian personnel if the authorization is denied.

DoD asserts that closing bases and adjusting forces are critical to reducing infrastructure costs as the Pentagon tries to cut $487 million from its budget over 10 years. DoD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "even with planned force cuts ... BRAC is the only effective means to meet that goal." Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), head of the panel with jurisdiction over military installations, said she would block any attempt to create a new BRAC commission. The Pentagon, she said, has not made its case that base closure would be beneficial and has not presented a plan for the closings nor an estimate of the up-front costs. …

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