Testimony of Rear Admiral Tim Sullivan (30Jun05) Page: 6 of 8
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overall a limited impact on DHS and its mission; the effects are minimal in scope when
compared to the overall effects of the BRAC recommendations. Of course, where BRAC
decisions do have an impact on DHS, the realignment and closure process should afford
adequate time to find and fund appropriate measures to protect our missions and support
our people. When the final determination is released, DoD has two to six years to close or
realign the facility. DHS will work with the Congress, DoD, and state and local
governments to develop mitigation strategies whenever DHS components are tenants of a
DoD facility slated for closure. DHS is also preparing plans to take advantage of
intergovernmental transfer of properties that will enhance our mission performance in
those cases where the total operating costs are favorable.
Protecting the United States from direct attack is the highest Defense priority of
our country. The military has traditionally secured the United States by projecting power
overseas. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 demonstrated that we are
confronting fundamentally different challenges from those faced during the Cold War.
The Base Closure and Realignment recommendations are important milestones and
significant proposals when considering the Department of Defense's concept of an active,
layered defense outlined in the National Defense Strategy.
Air National Guard: Providing the nation with timely, competent, and
responsive defense against airborne threats has been a vital component to this layered
defense of the United States. This has been accomplished through a network of fighter
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