BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE 2005

Monday May 16, 2005

BRAC 2005 is an integral part of Army transformation, focusing on transforming installations to maximize mission capability. An expeditionary Army, operating within a joint force with a new defense strategy requires different base structure alignments.

Mission:
Effectively and efficiently implement the congressionally approved BRAC 2005 recommendations, while maintaining the well-being of Army Soldiers, civilians and their families, and considering impacts to the Army's primary missions and to local communities.

BRAC 2005 Implementation Schedule:
Phase I - Implementation Planning
May 13, 2005 - October 2005

During this phase, the Army's Implementation Plan Guidance will be published, and the FY06 required resources for supplemental budget submission will be identified.
Phase II - Execution Preparation
October - December 2005

This phase will include the detailed planning and preparation to initiate all realignments and closures.
Phase III - Realignment and Closure
December 2005 - December 2011

This phase ensures all realignment and closure actions required by SECDEF direction and approved by Congressional legislation are executed.
Phase IV - Clean-Up and Disposal
January 2006 - Final Disposal

This phase completes all closure actions in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, SECDEF guidance, and the Army's Execution Plan, as published each year.

Army's Goal:
The Army will strive to close and realign those BRAC 2005 installations identified for closure or realignment as expeditiously as possible following BRAC 2005 legislative approval. The Army will use a range of tools that facilitate both closure of installations and realignment activities and support accelerated reuse of surplus property.

This year's BRAC recommendations, if approved, should:
Result in some $5.5 billion in recurring annual savings -- a net savings of $48.8 billion over 20 years. When combined with the proposed changes to U.S. global posture, that projected 20-year net savings increases to $64.2 billion, or some $6.7 billion per year. Approved BRAC recommendations will also close 33 major bases and re-align 29 more.

To view this the complete list of closures and realignments for the 2005 round, go to www.defenselink.mil/brac.

Source: BRAC 2005 Information Sheets

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • BRAC to close 15 major installations, improve Army efficiency (ARNEWS)
  • BRAC to revamp medical system (ARNEWS)
  • DoD recommendations to move headquarters, consolidate 7 TRADOC schools (TRADOC News)
  • New re-enlistment policies expand Soldiers' options (ARNEWS)
  • General Dynamics robotics unit receives funds for Army navigation system (WP | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • More slain bodies found in Iraq, fueling sectarian conflict (LAT | EB)
  • Contradictory view of lessons learned from Iraq (WSJ/EB)
  • Rice urges Sunni role in writing of constitution (NYT | EB)
  • Predator aircraft part of U.S.-Pakistan effort against Al Qaeda (NYT | EB)
  • "More nasty surprises await U.S. troops in Iraq" -- Opinion (CT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Base closure list favors the south (CSM | EB)
  • Senators challenging base closure recommendations (USAT | EB)
  • BRAC commission tries in vain to avoid politics (WSJ/EB)
  • Services explain realignment, closure changes (AFIS)
  • DoD employees say personnel changes give managers too much power (FT/EB)
  • Senate committee approves $441.6B Pentagon spending bill (WP/EB)
  • U.S., Britain push for sanctions on Iran may deadlock U.N. Security Council (USAT | EB)
  • Iran insists on resuming nuclear fuel development (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. warns N. Korea against nuclear test (NYT | EB)
  • North and South Korea resume talks after ten months (PI | EB)
  • "Letting nukes happen" -- Editorial (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Iran says talks with E.U. can not continue without resumption of some nuclear activities (Tehran Times)
  • Iran postponing resumption of nuclear activities as a gesture before European talks (Jordan Times)
  • Iran and Syria looking toward scientific cooperation (Islamic Republic News Agency)
  • U.S. forces unleash assault on insurgents in western Iraq (Middle East Times)
  • Rice urges Iraqi government to include Sunnis in process (Aljazeera)

ARMY SPORTS

USMA
Men
- Baseball 5/15 Army 6, 10 Lehigh 2, 1 (Army wins Patriot League Championship); Lacrosse 5/15 Georgetown 16, Army 6; Tennis 5/14 # 14 Texas Tech 4, Army 0
Women - Tennis 5/13 #1 Stanford 4, Army 0

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Throughout the [BRAC] process every effort has been made to make transitions smooth for affected personnel and their families. The bottom line is that BRAC will generate a stronger, more responsive Army Reserve, now and into the future.

LTG James R. Helmly
Chief, Army Reserve

STAND-TO!

STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.