2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:38:34 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: "Pentagon Official Says DOD Needs More BRAC"
Pentagon Official Says DOD Needs More BRAC

By Jim Garamone

American Forces Press Service
November 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 - The Defense Department is again asking Congress to allow it to use a tool that would help alleviate draconian budget cuts possible under sequestration: the base realignment and closure process. The latest call came from Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. In a commentary printed in Roll Call today, Kendall said the logic for another closure round is irrefutable.

The department simply cannot afford to keep excess infrastructure on the books, he said.

"For example, the Army has announced plans to reduce its force from 562,000 to 490,000 soldiers and more reductions could be forced by looming budget cuts, but without BRAC the Army will not be allowed to close any bases to reduce overhead," Kendall wrote. "This 'empty space' tax on our warfighters will simply result in cuts to capabilities elsewhere in the budget."

And those cuts, more often than not, would occur in operations and maintenance and modernization accounts. Operations and maintenance cuts cripple near-term readiness, modernization cuts affect long-term readiness.

In 2004, the department estimated it had about 25 percent excess infrastructure. The 2005 base realignment and closure process cut roughly 53 percent of that. Since then the military has grown smaller so the percentage of excess infrastructure has probably crept up.


For the entire release, see

For the Roll Call column, see
http://www.rollcall.com/news/ a_tale_of_two_bracs_commentary-229248-1.html


Lenny Siegel
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