Military Base Closures: Implementing the 2005 Round [Updated October 21, 2004]   [open pdf - 69KB]

"On November 15, 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced the first steps in implementing the new 2005 base realignment and closure (BRAC) law. These included development of a force structure plan, comprehensive inventory of military installations, and establishment of criteria for selecting bases for closure and realignment. More recently, on March 23, 2004, the Secretary of Defense submitted a report to Congress confirming the need for a further BRAC round and certifying that an additional round of closures and realignments would result in annual net savings, over a period ending no later than FY2011. On the next day, Representative Solomon Ortiz, ranking Member of the House defense subcommittee, introduced a bill that would postpone BRAC 2005 for two years. He said that DOD should concentrate on its review of global facilities abroad before shutting down bases at home. Other Members expressed similar qualms about the timing of the new BRAC round. On October 8, 2004, Senate and the House conferees reached agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2005, which included continued support of DOD's authority to conduct a round of closures and realignments in 2005. This report will be updated as needed."

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