SecDef Memo to the Secretaries of the Military Departments Page: 1 of 4
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.ty,l THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1000 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1000
November 15, 2002
MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS
CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
UNDER SECRETARIES OF D tNSE
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING
ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE
GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION
ASSISTANTS TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES
Subject: Transformation Through Base Realignment and Closure
As a result of the Quadrennial Defense Review, we embarked on a comprehensive
review of our defense and security needs toward transforming the force. New force
structures must be accompanied by a new base structure. The first step was my request to
the Chairman to direct the geographic combatant commanders to prepare, in coordination
with their Service component commands, draft overseas basing plans for their respective
areas of responsibility.
Congress authorized a base realignment and closure (BRAC) round in 2005. At a
minimum, BRAC 2005 must eliminate excess physical capacity; the operation,
sustainment and recapitalization of which diverts scarce resources from defense
capability However, BRAC 2005 can make an even more profound contribution to
transforming the Department by rationalizing our infrastructure with defense strategy.
BRAC 2005 should be the means by which we reconfiguie our current infrastructure into
one in which operational capacity maximizes both warfighting capability and efficiency.
I am directing this process begin immediately, under the structure set out herein.
Two senior groups, as reflected in the attachment, will oversee and operate the
BRAC 2005 process. The Infrastmructmure Executive Council (IEC), chaired by the Deputy
Secretary, and composed of the Secretaries of the Military Departments and their Chiefs
of Services, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Under Secretary of Defense
(Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (USD(AT&L)), will be the policy making and
oversight body for the entire BRAC 2005 process.
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