Certainly a key [principle] at the outset is to do what we can in BRAC to further transformation. Rationalizing our infrastructure with our force structure and adjusting that footprint to improving the capability and military efficiency. ...A second key principle, maximize joint utilization. Certainly to reduce overhead and improve efficiency, but to also facilitate joint training and operations. (Transcript)
Mr. Phil Grone
Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations & Environment
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:
- Facilitate 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.
The BRAC announcement will be made no later than May 16.
- Department of Defense BRAC Web site
- Army BRAC Web site
Source: U.S. Army Base Realignment and Closure Office Commentary and ARNEWS Story.