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The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission established by Public Law 101-
510 has built a solid reputation for fair, objective, and factual review and analysis of those bases
recommended by the Secretary of Defense for closure or realignment based on the selection criteria,
force-structure plan, and infrastructure inventory. It is the duty and responsibility of the
Commission's staff to uphold those standards and to continue in an open and independent
This handbook reflects that used by the 2005 Commission and incorporates revisions and
lessons learned during and after the Commission process. It provides examples, guidelines,
policies, and procedures to assist the Commission staff in understanding the breadth and depth of
their responsibilities during the course of the review and analysis process. The volume of work to
be performed in such a short period of time dictates that each analyst must operate with limited
supervision yet be an integral component of our overall process. The in-depth review and
independent analysis become the final factual basis for decisions and, if challenged in court, the
back-up information used in defense of whatever lawsuits may be initiated.
This is not meant to alarm you but to make you aware of the importance and seriousness of
the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission's work. The final decisions of the
Commission represent a foundation for tomorrow's defense infrastructure; however, they could be
devastating to many communities. Therefore, our work must be as thorough and accurate as
Our analysis and oversight are greatly enhanced by the concerned communities most
affected by the closures and realignments. We encourage their involvement in the process, which
actually broadens and strengthens our own analysis. In fact, we consider the communities' work to
validate or present factual information about the bases as an extension of our staff's work. For this
reason, it is critical that all Commission staff members understand and support the openness and
thoroughness of the review and analysis process.
Our finished products and back-up documentation are an open book for all to see. Let's
uphold the high standards set by the review and analysis work of the 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2005
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