We face an enemy that is dispersed throughout the world. It does not operate the same way as a traditional enemy -- it has no territory to defend and no permanent bases to safeguard. Our enemy is constantly adapting and so must we. (Transcript)
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SECRETARY RUMSFELD'S TESTIMONY BEFORE THE 2005 BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE COMMISSION
The Department of Defense is currently designed for the Cold War. It must change to face the new demands of the war against extremism and other evolving challenges.
Through extensive consultation with the Service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Combatant Commanders, a panel of high-ranking military and civilian officials developed criteria and matrices to assess every U.S. facility, every piece of DOD infrastructure and every military base in the United States.
The analyses used certified data under a process monitored by the Government Accountability Office and the Department's inspection and audit agencies.
As required by law, the primary factor in each BRAC decision was an assessment of an installation's military value.
"Jointness" was emphasized during BRAC deliberations.
The Department also considered potential contingency and surge requirements, as required by statute, and possible increases in active duty troop levels.
Other key factors the Department examined included:
- The economic impact on communities in the vicinities of the installations;
- The extent and timing of potential costs and savings;
- The ability of existing and potential receiving communities to support forces, missions and personnel; and
-The environmental impact, including the impact of costs related to environmental restoration, compliance and waste management.
The Department has completed its statutory role in the BRAC process. Further decisions and deliberations will be made by the BRAC Commission, the President and Congress.
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