Testimony of Rear Admiral Tim Sullivan (30Jun05) Page: 3 of 8
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There are a number of components within DHS that have facilities co-located at
DoD installations. As well, DHS components often rely upon DoD for operational
support. The proposed realignments and closings of Department of Defense installations
are expected, in general, to have limited impact on DHS's ability to carry out its mission.
However, they do bear a financial impact.
Coast Guard: The Coast Guard with its long history of interoperability and
shared infrastructure with the Defense Department is the most impacted by any BRAC
initiatives. The Commandant of the Coast Guard identified a category of potential
efficiencies that could result from BRAC and two categories of financial impacts
resulting from BRAC.
An example of potential efficiencies is evident on the west coast, where
realignment potentially frees up ground facilities and critical unrestricted air space at
Naval Base Ventura County, California. There is potential for the Coast Guard to
consolidate at Ventura, which offers a unique opportunity to co-locate several commands
and achieve efficiencies in mission performance. Ventura is the only west coast location
that meets all the Coast Guard requirements for a consolidated facility, with access to
airspace that allows unrestricted UAV deployment. UAV deployment is a key emerging
capability for increasing maritime domain awareness in support of homeland security.
The first of the two financial impacts of the BRAC proposal occur in the cases
where DoD vacating a facility places a significant direct cost impact on Coast Guard
mission performance. This is the case with the movement of the 102nd Air National
Guard Squadron off the Massachusetts Military Reservation at Cape Cod, closure of the
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