Budget Cuts, Looming BRAC Round Worry Supporters of Maryland Proving Ground
Advocates for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., already anxious about the impact of recent budget cuts, are bracing for the prospect of a new base closure round.
The installation gained new missions and thousands of jobs following the last BRAC round, and officials are working to ensure the proving ground is well-positioned to benefit from the next one.
One selling point is the amount of land available on the post, located northeast of Baltimore, to expand, reported the Baltimore Sun. “If they were to close other facilities, we have capacity,” said Jill McClune, president of Army Alliance, a local support group for the proving ground.
Separately, the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor, a planning group formed to help the region accommodate the growth spurt at Aberdeen following BRAC 2005, is conducting a joint land use study in conjunction with the proving ground. Study partners include Harford, Cecil and Kent counties, along with the cities of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace.
“APG is probably in a pretty good place, with all that happened in the last BRAC,” McClune told the paper. Still, “you’ve got to be very careful. No place is BRAC-proof,” she said.