RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 30 of 81
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Q4. Currently, the Rock Island Arsenal is home to the Army's only metal
manufacturing facility and foundry, producing howitzers and other weapons
systems, along with equipment such as armor kits for Army Humvees. Does the
Commission recognize these contributions the installation is making towards the
defense of the U.S.?
A4. The criteria upon which DoD based its judgements of the military value of various
installations involved has included jointness, ease of mobility, and the installation's
strategic role in today's changing global threats. The Commission recognizes the unique
mission of the Rock Island Arsenal and will evaluate it in light of the DoD criteria.
While DoD's role is to determine the strategy for enabling our forces to meet changing
global threats, the role of the Commission, as established by the Congress, is to ensure
that the suggestions made by DoD to close or realign various installations have been
made according to law.
Q5. How can the Community make the Commission aware of information that the
Community feels may have been overlooked by DoD?
AS. The BRAC Commission encourages community input into this transparent and
objective process. The public may submit comments through the Commission's official
website, which is www.brac.gov.
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO, legal document, November 4, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24404/m1/30/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.