BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE (BRAC)

Friday May 13, 2005

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.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army offers 15 month enlistments (USAT | EB)
  • Recruiting commander says 2006 may be biggest challenge (NYT | EB)
  • Senate committee fully funds FCS in FY06 budget mark-up (NJCD/EB)
  • Eight of 200 earn Army's top medical badge (ARNEWS)
  • Colonel in command of Abu Ghraib relieved of duty (WT | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • More assassinations, car bombs plague Iraq (LAT | EB)
  • Soldiers say combat restrictions on women make no sense in current war (WP | EB)
  • U.S. urges Iraq government to broaden Sunni role (NYT | EB)
  • " 'Emergency' end run" -- Editorial (WP | EB)
  • Anti-U.S. protests spread through Afghanistan into Pakistan (NYT | EB)
  • Operation Nam Dong: ANA soldiers take the fight to the insurgents in the heart of Afghanistan (CENTCOM News)
  • Myers addresses violence in Iraq, Afghanistan (AFIS)
  • Airmen get Stryker vehicles, prep to deploy with Army (ARNEWS)

OF INTEREST

  • BRAC 2005: Rumsfeld recommends 5 to 11 percent cut in infrastructure (AFIS)
  • BRAC 2005: Service leaders support DoD recommendations (AFIS)
  • Fewer major bases expected to close in latest BRAC round (WP | EB)
  • "Closing bases can serve local--and national--interest" -- Editorial (USAT | EB)
  • "Fair, effective study needed" -- Editorial (USAT | EB)
  • U.S. Soldiers, law officers caught smuggling drugs at Mexico border (LAT | EB)
  • China accuses U.S. of undermining efforts to bring N. Korea back to talks (NYT | EB)
  • S. Korea urges North to rejoin nuclear talks (NYT | EB)
  • Iran open to negotiations before final decision on nuclear program (WP | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • "U.S. and Arabs: Winning hearts or psychological warfare?" -- Opinion (Arab News)
  • Former Taliban leaders offered amnesty by Afghan government (Middle East Times)
  • Palestinian PM denies move to postpone elections (Aljazeera)
  • Protestors and a jail break in Uzbekistan (BBC)
  • Women allowed to enroll in the Pakistan Air Force academy (Tehran Times)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

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

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