BRAC: Basics

BRAC: Basics

With changes looming, we talk about what BRAC is, why it exists and how communities cope. First of a four part series.

Base Realignment and Closure, also known as BRAC, is bringing big changes to the DC Metro area. Decisions made in 2005 are going into effect across the country and the region. We'll take a look back at how decisions were made, why changes are necessary and how communities have been readying for the change.

Guests

Anthony Principi

Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (2001-2005); and Chair of 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission

Tim Ford

CEO, Association of Defense Communities

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Anthony Principi, former Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (2001-2005) and Chair of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission, says that this BRAC process was the largest ever, and produced 837 independent actions. "We had from May to September to really make a very profound change to our military infrastructure that would affect future generations and our national security for years to come," Principi said:

Anthony Principi, former Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (2001-2005) and Chair of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission, says that over the long term, the BRAC process will save money. Initially, the Department of Defense had put the savings estimate at $47.8 billion over 20 years, but Principi says that the Government Accountability Office and the BRAC Commission both put the estimate at closer to $15-$16 billion per year. But Principi emphasizes that the $15-$16 billion is a net savings, and still significant, and that cost was not the only motivation behind BRAC 2005. "It [BRAC] is at least as much, if not more about transformation than cost savings," Principi said:

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