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Edition: Thu, April 21, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

...BRAC is a good thing. It says to the taxpayers of America...we care about your dollars, and we're going to see that the dollars are spent in an intelligent way on things that are actually needed, rather than wasted funds. So it's a good thing, this BRAC. (Transcript)

Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE (BRAC)

BRAC is designed to gain efficiencies and save money. In addition, BRAC 2005 facilitates transformation, joint basing, and training and operations.

For DoD, BRAC can achieve many goals:

- Eliminate excess infrastructure
- Reshape the military
- Facilitate joint operations
- Optimize military readiness
- Realize significant savings in support of transforming DoD

BRAC 2005 can make a profound contribution to transformation by balancing the Army's structure with its defense strategy. By creating joint organizational and basing solutions, the Army can:

- Ease joint missions
- Reduce waste
- Save money
- Free resources to recruit quality people
- Modernize equipment
- Develop the abilities needed to meet 21st century threats

BRAC provides the Army support to meet the challenges of today's world.

BRAC 2005 will include potential realignment and closures of U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard facilities. The focus will be on consolidating and realigning such facilities to maximize savings, reduce footprints, and enhance the mobilization process.

BRAC 2005 will be different from previous rounds in that there will be more:
- Joint approaches and solutions
- Public-private cooperation
- Proactive communications
- Interagency cooperation

The Army will work hard to communicate BRAC 2005 goals and strategies. The Army remains committed to working with BRAC 2005 communities to repeat past successes.

Source: ARNEWS Commentary from the U.S. Army Base Realignment and Closure Office

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