103-06A-RH11 - State Input - VA - Regional Hearing - 7-7-2005 - National Capital Area Page: 1 of 206
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Mr. Chairman, members, and staff of the Base Realignment and
Closure Commission, the task you have before you is a difficult one, but
essential to allow the Department of Defense to reduce their investment on
unneeded facilities, thus freeing up resources for critical readiness
requirements. You, and your colleagues who are not here today, are to be
commended for the formidable challenge that you have assumed for the
benefit of the American people and the men and women in uniform, the
finest military in the world.
I use those two groups deliberately because in the end, that is for
whom you perform this duty, and to whom you are answerable. When my
colleagues and I wrote the legislation that authorized the defense base
realignment and closure round for 2005, we specifically addressed issues of
openness, transparency, and an independent review of critical decisions in
order to preserve the integrity of, and public trust in, the process. We added
language to exclude--to the maximum extent possible--political influence in
the process, and preconceived notions of what should be closed, what should
be realigned, and what should remain open. We put specific criteria into law
to ensure that the military value of our installations and infrastructure were
given priority, and directed the Secretary of Defense to make
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