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The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, said that BRAC
gives the military the opportunity "to increase our combat efficiency and effectiveness, and return
our forces to the deployable force structure, thereby reducing stress on the force."
Many BRAC recommendations will ease stress on service members by allowing the military to
provide modern, world-class facilities and more efficient and joint organizations, the chairman
Previous BRAC rounds -- in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995 -- eliminated 21 percent of excess U.S.
military infrastructure, and reallocated many billions of dollars to pressing military needs. "This
year's recommendation ... should result in some $5.5 billion in recurring annual savings, a net
savings of $48.8 billion over 20 years," Rumsfeld said.
"When combined with the proposed changes to U.S. global posture, that projected 20-year net-
savings increases from $48.8 billion to $64.2 billion, or some $6.7 billion per year."
The BRAC process began more than two years ago. Senior civilian and military leaders looked at
how to close and realign current infrastructure to maximize warfighting capability.
"We had three objectives when we did that: continuing the progress we have made in
transforming our force, including how we integrate our reserve component into the total force,
and preparing them for the 21st century; and how we posture our forces globally to be more
flexible and agile," Myers said, adding, "Second, configuring our infrastructure to enhance joint
warfighting, facilitate joint training and improve efficiency and, finally, converting unneeded
capacity into warfighting capability."
The initial mission of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division when it opened in 1941
was to prepare, load, renovate, receive, store, and issue all ammunition, including pyrotechnics
and illuminating projectiles, and to act as a principal source of supply at a most critical time -- the
early days of World War II.
After the end of World War II, NSWC Crane began to develop expertise in engineering and
electronics that carried the facility into a leadership position in today's Navy.
Today, NSWC Crane -- which also hosts the Army Ammunition Activity, is a multi-mission,
multi-service product center with both a fleet support and industrial base mission. The fleet
support mission is performed in a joint, cross-service, and cross-platform environment when
possible. In fulfilling the industrial base mission, NSWC Crane acts as a steward of microwave
tubes, printed wiring boards, pyrotechnics, radiation hardened devices and batteries. It serves a
modern and sophisticated Navy as a recognized leader in diverse and highly technical product
lines in the areas of ordnance, electronics and electronic warfare. NSWC Crane is an industrial
leader in applying better engineering processes and technologies to the development, acquisition
and support of modern naval combat weapons systems.
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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/m1/52/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.