Logistics changes planned under BRAC.The Secretary of Defense's recommendations for closing and realigning bases, submitted to a congressionally created commission on 13 May, will have a significant impact on the structure and conduct of Army and Defense logistics if adopted. The recommendations place great stress on consolidating facilities and organizations and on increasing capabilities for joint operations.
The Secretary's 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 (BRAC) recommendations are designed to advance five key goals--
* Transform the current and future force and its support systems to meet new threats.
* Eliminate excess physical capacity.
* Rationalize the Department of Defense's (DOD's) base infrastructure to support the new defense strategy.
* Maximize both warfighting capabilities and efficiencies.
* Examine opportunities for conducting joint activities. The Army regards the 2005 BRAC process as a critical component of Army transformation. According to the DOD report to the BRAC commission--
The Secretary of the Army's strategy for BRAC 2005 is to utilize BRAC to establish a streamlined portfolio of installations with optimized military value and a significantly reduced cost of ownership that:
* Facilitates transformation, Joint operations, and Joint business functions;
* Accommodates rebasing of overseas units within the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS); and
* Divests of an accumulation of installations that are no longer relevant and are less effective in supporting the Joint and Expeditionary Army.
The Army will use the BRAC process to meet its goals of reshaping the fighting force, by creating modular, flexible, deployable units; relocating the force, by moving overseas forces to the continental United States (CONUS); rebalancing the force, by changing the mix of Active and Reserve component units; and creating a more joint force.
Closing and Realigning Army Installations
DOD seeks to close Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Fort McPherson, Georgia; Fort Gillem, Georgia; Red River Army Depot, Texas; Hawthorne Army Depot The Hawthorne Army Depot is a huge ammunition storage site located near the town of Hawthorne in western Nevada in the United States. It is directly south of Walker Lake. The depot covers 147,000 acres (595 km²), and has 600,000 square feet (55,700 m²) of floor space in 2,427 , Nevada; Newport Chemical Depot The Newport Chemical Depot is a bulk chemical storage and destruction facility in west central Indiana, thirty miles north of Terre Haute operated by the United States Army. The total area of the depot is 7,098 acres (28. , Indiana; Deseret Chemical Depot The Deseret Chemical Depot is a chemical weapon storage area located in Utah, 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Salt Lake City. It is related to the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. , Utah; Umatilla Chemical Depot Coordinates:
The Umatilla Chemical Depot, (UCD) based in Umatilla, Oregon, is one of seven U.S. Army installations in the United States that currently store chemical weapons. , Oregon; Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant, Mississippi; Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Kansas; Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, Texas; Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant, California; and Walter Reed Army Medical Center Walter Reed Army Medical Center, major hospital complex in Washington, D. C., and Forest Glen, Md.; est. 1923 and named for U.S. army surgeon Walter Reed. It is composed of seven units including a general hospital and a research institute. There are several thousand beds. , D.C.
DOD's plans will result in the relocation of a number of major Army command headquarters. The Army Materiel Command Army Materiel Command can refer to:
Reorganizing Army and DOD Logistics Schools
A number of Army schools will relocate to create combinations of related schools, along the lines of the Maneuver Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood Fort Leonard Wood, U.S. army post, 71,000 acres (28,700 hectares), S central Mo.; est. 1940. It is one of the largest basic-training centers in the United States and also provides training for army engineers. , Missouri (which includes the Engineer, Chemical, and Military Police Schools.) One of these consolidations will create a Combat Service Support Center at Fort Lee, Virginia, that will include the following--
* Army Combined Arms Support Command (currently at Fort Lee).
* Army Logistics Management College (currently at Fort Lee).
* Army Ordnance School, which will move from its current locations at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and Redstone Arsenal to Fort Lee.
* Army Quartermaster School (currently at Fort Lee).
* Army Transportation School, which will move from Fort Eustis to Fort Lee.
The Aviation Logistics School will move from Fort Eustis to join the Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
DOD wants to consolidate all service training in three areas at Army installations to establish the following joint schools--
* Joint Center for Consolidated Transportation Management Training at Fort Lee.
* Joint Center of Excellence for Culinary Training at Fort Lee.
* Joint Center of Excellence for Religious Training and Education at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Closing Red River Army Depot
The closure of Red River Army Depot will result in the following redistribution of functions*
* Munitions storage and demilitarization de·mil·i·ta·rize
tr.v. de·mil·i·ta·rized, de·mil·i·ta·riz·ing, de·mil·i·ta·riz·es
1. To eliminate the military character of.
2. to McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Oklahoma.
* Munitions maintenance to McAlester Army Ammunition Plant and Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky.
* Depot maintenance of armament and structural components, combat vehicles, depot fleet and field support, engines and transmissions, fabrication and manufacturing, and fire control systems and components to Anniston Army Depot Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) is a major United States Army facility fulfilling various depot operations. Primary missions are the repair of tracked vehicles and storage of chemical weapons (Anniston Chemical Activity). The depot is located in Anniston, Alabama. , Alabama.
* Depot maintenance of powertrain components and starters and generators to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is a United States Marine Corps base located in Albany, Georgia. The primary mission of the units on the base is to rebuild and repair ground-combat and combat-support equipment and to support installations on the East Coast of the United States. , Georgia.
* Depot maintenance of construction equipment to Anniston Army Depot and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.
* Depot maintenance of tactical vehicles to Tobyhanna Army Depot Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, PA, was established Feb. 1, 1953 as Tobyhanna Signal Depot. Today, it is the Defense Department’s leading facility for the repair, upgrade and integration of Command, Control, Computer, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and and Letterkenny Army Depot, both in Pennsylvania.
* Depot maintenance of tactical missiles to Letterkenny Army Depot.
Reorganizing the Defense Distribution Center
DOD's BRAC recommendations will result in significant changes in the organization of the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA's) Defense Distribution Center (DDC See VESA DDC. ). DDC will be reorganized to create four CONUS support regions, each with one strategic distribution platform and one or more forward distribution points. The strategic distribution platforms will be located at four Defense distribution depots (DDs): Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; Warner Robins, Georgia; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and San Joaquin, California.
The following 12 DDs will become forward distribution points: Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania (reporting to the Susquehanna Strategic Distribution Platform); Norfolk, Virginia (Susquehanna); Richmond, Virginia (Susquehanna); Cherry Point, North Carolina (Warner Robins); Albany, Georgia (Warner Robins); Jacksonville, Florida (Warner Robins); Anniston, Alabama (Warner Robins); Corpus Christi, Texas (Oklahoma City); Hill, Utah (San Joaquin); Puget Sound, Washington (San Joaquin); San Diego, California (San Joaquin); and Barstow, California (San Joaquin). DD Columbus, Ohio, will be disestablished, as will DD Red River, Texas, along with Red River Army Depot.
All DDs except Richmond are collocated with service logistics installations (such as DD Tobyhanna with Tobyhanna Army Depot). To accomplish the DDC reorganization, only minimum supply, storage, and distribution functions and inventories will be retained at each DD to support the service installation and serve as a wholesale forward distribution point. All other wholesale storage and distribution functions and inventories will be relocated to the appropriate strategic distribution platform.
Managing Consumable and Reparable rep·a·ra·ble
Possible to repair: reparable damage to the car; reparable wrongs.
[French réparable, from Latin repar Items
DOD is recommending a major consolidation of the management of consumable and reparable items under DLA. Certain inventory control point functions for consumable items (budget and funding, contracting, cataloging, requisition processing, customer services, item management, stock control, weapon system secondary item support, requirements determination, and integrated materiel management technical support) will move to DLA. The functions of allowance/initial supply support list development, configuration management, user engineering support, provisioning, and user technical support will remain with the services. Management of procurement of depot-level reparables also will shift to DLA.
For both consumable items and procurement management of depot-level reparables, this proposal will further consolidate the operation of inventory control points by supply chain type. Defense Supply Center Columbus, Ohio, manages the maritime and land supply chain; Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, manages the aviation supply chain; and Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, manages the troop support supply chain.
Privatizing Commodity Management
DOD aims to privatize the management of selected commodities. This initiative will eliminate all DOD wholesale supply, storage, and distribution functions for tires; packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants; and compressed gases. DOD will retain only the supply contracting function for these commodities, which will be relocated from several service sites to DLA inventory control points at Defense Supply Centers Columbus and Richmond. DOD will rely on the private sector for supply, storage, and distribution of these commodities.
The BRAC commission will study DOD's recommendations, decide on changes, and submit its recommendations to the President by 8 September. The President must submit his approval or disapproval of the commission's recommendations to Congress by 23 September. If the President disapproves, the commission has until 20 October to submit a revised report to the President. The President must submit his approval of the revised report to Congress by 7 November; if he still does not approve the commission's recommendations, the BRAC process ends. When Congress receives approved recommendations from the President--either on 23 September or 7 November--it will have 45 legislative days (days when Congress is in session) to disapprove those recommendations as a total package; Congress does not have the option of making changes. If Congress does not disapprove, the President's recommendations will become binding.