Community Correspondence - NSWC Crane and CAAA (Indiana Military Installations) Page: 4 of 7
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O8 June 2005 07012005 f~ RCIE
The Honorable Samuel Knox Skinner
Base Realignment and Closure Commission
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Commissioner Skinner,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your recent visit to NSWC
Crane, CAAA and Southern Indiana. As a concerned taxpayer I support the work you are
doing to ensure that our Military operations remain as effective and affordable as
possible. I realize that you have a very difficult job in deciding which activities to re-
align or close as part of the BRAC process. I hope that your visit helped you to realize
what important assets NSWC Crane and CAAA are to our Nation's Defense and the
Global War On Terrorism.
I have been following the BRAC process closely since the proposed closure/re-
alignment list was published and I am growing increasingly concerned that DOD has not
properly followed the law in developing recommendations. DOD is required to give
priority consideration to installations that have a high military value ranking. Data
available on the DOD website (www.defenselink.mil/brac) leads me to conclude that
NSWC Crane's military value rating was not taken into account properly, which is
violation of BRAC law. Specifically, NSWC Crane has one of the highest military value
ratings of all activities performing Electronic Warfare work, including a higher rating
than NAS Whidbey Island and yet it is recommended that Electronic Warfare workload
related to repair of the ALQ-99 system be re-aligned from NSWC Crane to NAS
The DOD is also required to take into account the return on investment resulting
from its closure/re-alignment recommendations. In reviewing the cost data that is
available on the E-Library at the BRAC Commission website (www.brac.gov) I have
come to the conclusion that the moving the ALQ-99 Electronic Warfare workload to
NAS Whidbey Island does not result in any cost savings. It appears that all of the savings
in this scenario are generated by re-aligning work within Whidbey Island and moving
work from North Island, CA to Whidbey Island. In other words this scenario will save
DOD even more money if the NSWC Crane portion is eliminated!
I urge you to reconsider the recommendation to re-align work from NSWC Crane
by properly taking into account the Military Value and Return On Investment
requirements of BRAC law.
500 INDUSTrRIAL DRIVE
PO BOX 343
LOOGOOTEE IN 47553
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