Closings, realignments to reshape infrastructure.WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials have recommended closing 33 major bases and realigning 29 others as part of a comprehensive reshaping of the military infrastructure through the Base Realignment and Closure Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to close excess military installations and realign process.
Michael Wynne, under secretary of defense (acquisition, technology and logistics), announced Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's closure and realignment re·a·lign
tr.v. re·a·ligned, re·a·lign·ing, re·a·ligns
1. To put back into proper order or alignment.
2. To make new groupings of or working arrangements between. recommendations at a Pentagon news conference May 13.
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If adopted, the recommendations would give DoD a net savings of about $50 billion over 20 years, officials said. Annual savings are pegged at $5.5 billion a year after that.
Ten major Air Force installations are closing, including Ellsworth Air Force Base Ellsworth Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base near Rapid City, South Dakota and is home to the B-1B Lancer.
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DoD officials define major realignments as installations losing at least 400 people. Ten major Air Force realignments include Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force bases, both in Alaska; Maxwell AFB, Ala.; Lackland and Sheppard Air Force bases, Texas; and McChord AFB, Wash.
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Forty-nine installations are gaining more than 400 people. Air Force gainers include Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, III.; Andrews AFB, Md.; and Shaw AFB, S.C.
The bases themselves are only part of the story. This BRAC process had seven joint cross-Service groups to examine common business processes in education and training, headquarters and support, technical, industrial, supply and storage, intelligence, and medical.
Wynne said jointness--Services working together--was key to creating military value, and military value was the most important consideration as the BRAC process progressed. "These joint cross Service groups were key to making this jointness a reality in this process," he said, "They were each chaired by a senior executive or flag officer, with representation from each of the military services, from the Joint Staff, and from the relevant defense agencies involved."
More than half of the future annual savings, $2.9 billion of the estimated $5.5 billion, is generated from the joint cross-Service groups, officials said.