Statements and Testimony - Senator John Warner - Regional Hearing June 24, 2005 Clovis, NM Page: 3 of 52
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recommendations based on those criteria-and those criteria alone. Section
2913(f) of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 as
"0 Relation to Other Materials-The final selection criteria specified
in this section shall be the only criteria to be used, along with the force
structure plan and infrastructure inventory referred to in section 2912,
in making recommendations for the closure or realignment of military
installations inside the United States under this part in 2005."
We established this BRAC commission--an independent commission--
and tasked it with the responsibility of objectively, and independently,
reviewing the Secretary's recommendations. The Commission was
specifically empowered to amend the Secretary's recommendations, if their
analysis revealed "that the Secretary deviated substantially" from the BRAC
criteria and/or the force structure plan submitted as part of the BRAC
process. Finally, we charged the commission with the sole responsibility of
submitting a final list of recommendations to the President.
While we in Congress retain a right to review and reject the final
recommendations in total, the commission is charged with reviewing and
amending each recommendation to ensure the use of correct data, an accurate
and substantiated assessment of cost savings, and---most importantly-
recommendations that advance the tenets of "military value" as clearly
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