DOD to Ask for Two New BRAC Rounds, Sources Say
The Pentagon is planning to request Congress authorize two new base closure rounds to help the department cut almost a half a trillion dollars in spending over the next decade, Air Force Times reported Wednesday.
Officials would request one BRAC round in 2013 and the next in 2015, one source told the publication. The department’s intention to conduct one or more BRAC rounds is not unexpected given the current budget environment. Many officials already believed the 2005 round failed to eliminate all of the department’s excess capacity. Also, the spending cuts imposed on the military are expected to result in the elimination of tens of thousands of troops and cuts in aircraft orders, further reducing the need for military infrastructure.
Closures likely would disproportionately fall on Army and Air Force installations due to the specific cuts planned, the Times reported.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta may announce the department’s plans regarding BRAC Thursday when he previews the fiscal year 2013 budget request at a 2:00 p.m. news briefing.