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.

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

Source: BRAC 2005 Information Sheets


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


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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


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