Back in BRAC?

Back in BRAC?

It’s been 12 years since the last Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) for the Department of Defense.  On Monday evening, the U.S Senate moved forward with legislation for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will spur debate on another BRAC program. Another BRAC will lead to additional environmental investigation and remediation opportunities for environmental engineering and consulting firms.

The Pentagon has been pushing for another BRAC round, making a case in a recent report on infrastructure capacity to the Senate Armed Services Committee.  The Pentagon believes that there is “significant excess capacity to warrant Base Realignment and Closure authorization.”  The report stated that another BRAC round focused on achieving efficiencies will save $2-billion annually. 

The report concluded that the DoD has an overall infrastructure excess of 22%. By branch it was determined that the U.S. Army has an infrastructure excess of 33%, the U.S. Navy is 7%, the U.S. Air Force is 32%, and the Defense Logistics Agency is 12% higher than necessary. Closing military bases is always a controversial topic for congressional officials and the local communities they represent. This will undoubtedly drive an increase in public debate and public relations campaigns emphasizing the vital role each military base plays to avoid potential inclusion in the next BRAC round. 

There have been five rounds of BRAC: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2005.  The 2005 BRAC resulted in the closure of 24 military bases, the realignment of an additional 24 bases, at a total cost of $35-billion, according to the Government Accounting Office. 

BlueOpps will be tracking the BRAC developments in the months ahead.