BRAC Base Realignment And Closure
BRAC base realignment and closure, is the commonly used
acronym for the formal name of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment
Commission. The 2005 BRAC Commission was an independent entity that submitted
its findings and recommendations to the President of the United States up until
September 8, 2005. BRAC started the process of closing military installations
and units and realigning forces to better utilize defense funds and make better
use of defense forces.
The 2005 BRAC Commission was authorized by Congress through
the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-510), as amended.
There were nine commissioners who were appointed to serve on the BRAC Commission
by President Bush. The BRAC Commission was created to provide an objective,
thorough, accurate, and non-partisan review and analysis, through a process
determined by law, of the list of bases and military installations which the
Department of Defense (DoD) has recommended be closed and/or realigned. The DoD
list of recommendations was formally presented to the BRAC Commission on May
The BRAC base realignment and closure Commission is required to assess each recommendation to ensure it meets the
eight selection criteria set forth by Congress in P.L. 108-375. Recommendations
by DoD that substantially deviate from these selection criteria can be modified
or rejected by the Commission by a simple majority vote of the Commissioners.
The Commission can also add installations to the closure or
realignment list recommended to the President, but only through a process in
which seven of nine Commissioners vote to do so, the Secretary of Defense is
properly notified in writing 15 days prior to the proposed change, and only
after at least two Commissioners physically visit the military installation in
To avoid any appearance of a lack of impartiality and to
enhance the public's confidence in the integrity of the BRAC process, four
commissioners recused themselves from participation in matters relating to
installations in their home states. Commissioners Coyle and Gehman recused
themselves because of their participation in BRAC-related activity in California
and Virginia respectively.
Commissioners Bilbray and Hansen recused themselves
because of their long-time representation in the Congress and other public
offices of Nevada and
Utah respectively. As a result of their recusals, the
commissioners cannot deliberate or vote on matters relating to installations in
their home states or to installations in others states that are substantially
affected by closures and realignments of installations in their home states.
Commission sought extensive public input through a series of regional hearings,
installation site visits by Commissioners and staff, and individual meetings.
The Commissioners are deeply mindful of the human impact of the DoD installation
recommendations, and pledged to ensure that a full review of the facts, and
consideration of community and related interests was made prior to making their
final recommendations to President Bush.
On May 13, 2005, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment and
Commission received the list of bases suggested by the Department of Defense for
realignment or closure.
The BRAC Commission performed an independent analysis and
evaluation of the list, which included opportunities for public/community input.
The Commission furnished the report of its findings and its own suggestions to
the President and to the American public on September 8, 2005.
By September 23, 2005, the President forwarded the report to
the Congress for signing it into law. The
report shows how each base was affected and how forces were realigned to
improve national security and budget requirements. The BRAC realignment is
still underway and will continue for next 3 to 5 years to complete it's task.
Task Force was formed to plan and logistically implement the BRAC plans with
local communities, governments and counties to ensure the smoothest
implementation and quickest growth.
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