Executive Correspondence – Letter dated 07/27/2005 to all Commissioners from the Maine Delegation Page: 2 of 28
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07/27/05 15:02 FAX 202 225 5590 REP. TOM ALLEN Executive Correspondhr
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July 27, 2005
The Honorable Anthony J. Principi
Chairman, BRAC Commission
2521 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Chairman Principi:
The Base Closure and Realignment Commission has been chartered to review the
ability of infrastructure to support homeland defense missions. We understand the
challenges the Commission faces in evaluating the military value of these missions, given
that the Defense Department has not yet defined specific homeland defense requirements.
We have long been concerned that infrastructure decisions under the BRAC
process were being made in advance of the establishment of detailed requirements for
homeland defense. We expressed our concerns to the Defense Department that the ability
of the military to carry out homeland defense missions, when defined, could be
jeopardized by the loss of strategic installations currently in the inventory. We believe
that the Department acknowledged this risk when the decision was made to retain Naval
Air Station Brunswick as a facility strategically located in the Northeast.
The Defense Department is on the path to developing homeland defense
requirements. On June 30, the Defense Department formally released its Strategy for
Homeland Defense and Civil Support, which articulates the strategic goals and
objectives that will form the basis for future requirements.
We draw your attention to the maritime aspects of the strategy. It is clear that the
Navy's maritime patrol fleet, from today's P-3C Orion aircraft to the next generation
Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA), will form an indispensable component to the
overall homeland defense strategy:
1. Among its strategic goals and key objectives, the strategy states that as part of the
layered defense concept, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are
working to "integrate U.S. maritime defense and to optimize the mutually
supporting capabilities of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard." It quotes the Chief of
Naval Operations on the need to identify, track and intercept threats before they
reach U.S. shores, and to "extend the security of the United States seaward." The
P-3 is perfectly suited for this mission, and has already adopted an array of joint
intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare activities.
With its extended range, speed, and sensor suite, the MMA will offer even more
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