ADC Launches Academic Journal with Legislative History of BRAC Article
Today marks the launch of ADC’s newest publication, the Journal of Defense Communities. The Journal will complement 360 Daily by providing a forum for ADC members and others to share in-depth accounts about their successes, best practices, as well as hurdles that remain to be overcome.
The Journal will be a peer-reviewed publication covering the breadth of defense community disciplines — base realignment and closure, community-military partnering, military privatization initiatives, enhanced use leasing, mission growth and sustainment, regional/community planning, energy security, military families and veterans support, base redevelopment, environmental cleanup and property disposal.
Journal articles will be posted online throughout the year as they are completed, and will exist as part of an annual issue.
The Journal’s debut article, “How Congress Cleared the Bases: A Legislative History of BRAC,” is particularly relevant in light of the Pentagon’s decision to ask Congress to authorize one or more BRAC rounds. The author, George Schlossberg, ADC’s long-time general counsel and a partner with Kutak Rock, provides a detailed account of how the federal government came up with the idea of relying on an independent commission to close military installations and how Congress settled on the BRAC process used most recently in 2005.
For communities and others trying to gain a sense of Congress’ most likely moves in the immediate future as DOD tries to start a new BRAC round, I heartily recommend George’s article. You can find it on the Journal webpage.