Today, the Department of Defense has requested commanders of installations in the United States, territories and possessions to gather information about their installations as part of the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The department will use BRAC to reduce unnecessary infrastructure and to increase military capability and effectiveness.
All installations will participate in these calls. While none of the questions or data associated with the questions will be released to the public prior to the department's recommendations being forwarded to the independent Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, which will be named by March 2005. All questions and data will be publicly available once the Commission receives them.
This data call is only one of many steps in the BRAC process. There will be additional data calls as necessary. Formal data calls are one of the ways the department satisfies its statutory obligations to treat all military installations equally and to make its closure and realignment recommendations based solely upon certified data.
In a related action, the department published Draft Selection Criteria in the Dec. 23, 2003, Federal Register for public comment. The department will use the criteria as part of its evaluation process. Comments are due not later than January 28, 2004. The department’s list of base closure and realignment recommendations will be submitted to the independent BRAC Commission no later than May 16, 2005, as required by the legislation.
General information on the DoD's BRAC process is available online at: http://www.dod.mil/brac/.