Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission

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Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission

About the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission

The 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission was a 9-member independent commission appointed by President Bush with the advice and consent of the Senate. Its purpose was to provide "an objective, non-partisan, and independent review and analysis of the list of military installation recommendations issued by the Department of Defense." Recommendations were evaluated against a list of specific criteria which emphasized military value, but also considered costs and savings, economic impact on communities near military installations, community infrastructure, and environmental impact. The Commission undertook public hearings, site visits, and other information-gathering activities before presenting its findings in a report to the President on September 8, 2005.

Informally known as "BRAC" (Base Realignment and Closure) the process has been through five rounds. The 1988 Commission was authorized by Public Law 100-526. Subsequent Commissions in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2005 were authorized by Public Law 101-510, as amended by Public Law 107-107.

Sources:

2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). Official Web Site. Accessed October 28, 2010.

Schwalbe, Stephen R. 2006. "Organizational Institutionalization of BRAC." Air & Space Power Journal -- Chronicles Online Journal Archives. Accessed November 5, 2010.

U.S. Department of Defense. BRAC Base Realignment and Closure 2005 Frequently Asked Questions. Accessed November 4, 2010.

About the Digital Collection

Drawn from the publicly available electronic database of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, this collection contains documents from both the 2005 and 1995 BRAC rounds. Included are Department of Defense (DoD) documents, as well as public comments, correspondence, data, and Commission administrative materials.