More bases considered for shutdown.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 Commission has put a dozen more military bases and smaller installations on the hit list of facilities that may be shut down.
At a July 19 meeting, the Commission voted to consider closing Oceana Naval Air Station A Naval Air Station is an airbase of the United States Navy. Such bases are used to house Naval Aviation squadrons and support commands. List of Functioning US Naval Air Stations
Commission members will hold public hearings at the locations added to the list before taking final votes next month. Seven of the nine members must agree to add a base to the shutdown list submitted by the Defense Department.
The Oceana station is the Navy's master jet base, but it is hemmed in by residential and commercial development. About 15,000 military and civilian personnel work there.
The Commission also voted to re-examine the Pentagon proposal to consolidate 26 offices of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), an agency of the United States Department of Defense, provides finance and accounting services for the military and other members of defense.
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The Commission wound up a series of public hearings around the country this month on the Pentagon's list of bases to be closed or realigned, and heard political leaders plead the case for keeping their local installations.
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Warner (R-VA), one of the authors of the 1990 law governing the base closing process, said the department's justification for the transfers--to move personnel out of leased space--is not one of the criteria authorized by law. He said another announced Pentagon goal, reducing the concentration of its personnel in the National Capital Region, also violates the law
Warner and other Virginia elected leaders testified July 7 before the Commission's hearing in Arlington, VA.
The Pentagon proposed moving 23,000 military and civilian personnel, plus thousands of contractors, from commercial office space in close-in Washington suburbs to Fort Belvoir, VA, and other military bases farther from Washington. The Defense Department said it wants to vacate commercial office buildings because they cannot meet new security requirements specifying that federal buildings must be set back at least 82 feet from the nearest street.
Arlington County, VA, officials said they have identified available land near the Pentagon where new buildings could satisfy the security requirements.
Virginia members of Congress warned that the transfers will cause a "brain drain" in some of the military's most important research units, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. government agency administered by the Department of Defense (see Defense, United States Department of). , because top scientists will quit rather than uproot their families.
"There are a lot of jobs out there for highly skilled people," Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) told the commission. "They can walk across the street and make sometimes more money than they're earning at the federal level."
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Ed Rendell and Attorney General Tom Corbett announced the filing of a lawsuit to block the deactivation de·ac·ti·vate
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1. To render inactive or ineffective.
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3. of an Air National Guard unit at the Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. They said the U.S. Constitution gives state governors control over the Guard. Rendell said he had not been consulted about the Pentagon's plans.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the BRAC Brač (bräch), Ital. Brazza, island (1991 pop. 13,824), 152 sq mi (394 sq km), off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. It is a popular summer resort and tourist spot. Supetar (Ital. Commission, declaring he would not consent to the transfer of some Guard aircraft out of his state, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the only major city-wide newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. Although written to serve Greater St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch is one of the largest newspapers in the region, and is available and read as far west as Springfield, Missouri. reported.
A lawyer for the BRAC commission warned in a memo that the deactivation of Guard units without the governor's consent could be unconstitutional, according to a document obtained by the trade publication Congress Daily.
At a BRAC commission hearing in Boston July 6, representatives from Maine and New Hampshire argued that the Defense Department had ignored legal requirements in its decision to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard This article is about Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. For Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, see HMNB Portsmouth.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS), often called the Portsmouth Navy Yard . Nearly 7,000 jobs would be lost.
The Pentagon has recommended closing about 180 installations and offices, including 33 major bases, and transferring thousands of civilian and military personnel. The BRAC commission can take bases off the hit list or add others. It will submit its recommendations in September. President Bush and Congress can either accept or reject the entire package, but they are not permitted by law to alter the fate of individual bases.