Base Realignment and Closure

Wednesday October 12, 2011

What is it?

Base Realignment and Closure, BRAC, is the means by which the Department of Defense (DOD) reconfigured its infrastructure into one where operational capacity is optimized for both warfighting capability and efficiency, and joint activity opportunities are aggressively pursued. The deadline for compliance with BRAC was Sept. 15, 2011. Of all the services affected by BRAC, the Army bore the largest burden, with responsibility for 47 percent of the entire DOD BRAC 2005 program.

What has the Army done?

Over six years, an investment of nearly $18 billion, and relocation of more than 250,000 Soldiers, 20,000 Army civilian positions and their families, the Army synchronized BRAC with growth, transformation and global force realignments.

BRAC 2005 enabled an unprecedented $16 billion construction program consisting of 440 projects ranging from barracks and hospitals - to the largest building constructed in decades and tallest office building the Army has ever constructed.

The Army developed standard designs for building types and changed the way the Army approached efficient design of Army facilities. Requirements throughout the planning, programming, budgeting, design and building stages strengthened the Army's sustainability, energy security, and energy independence through more responsible consumption and planning.

The Army realigned 53 installations and/or functions and enabled the Army to establish multi-component Headquarters, Joint and Army Training Centers of Excellence, Joint bases, Joint power projection platforms and Joint technical and research facilities.

BRAC 2005 closed 12 major and one minor facility and impacted 8 leased facilities.

The Army returned more than 70,000 acres of excess property and facilities to local communities, towns and states for redevelopment.

The National Guard and Army Reserve consolidated units, going from 211 Guard and 176 Reserves centers to 125 Armed Forces Reserve Centers, reducing the total facility inventory.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to look for new efficiencies to enable them to become a more modernized, leaner and stronger Army and this will be accomplished while supporting Soldiers, their families, Army transformation, readiness, and worldwide commitments.

Why is this important to the Army?

BRAC-2005 enabled the Army to more efficiently restructure how the Army trains, deploys, supplies, equips and garrisons. The Army's approach to BRAC 2005 " enabled by quality planning and innovation across the Army " has enabled greater effectiveness and efficiency for America's Army, economic dividends for dozens of communities, and significant improvements for Soldiers, families and civilians.


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