If We Do BRAC Again …
At a House hearing Thursday, no one mentioned that a new round of base closures is under consideration inside the Pentagon, but the Air Force chief of staff provided his input on how the next BRAC should be approached if another round is authorized.
After Air Force Secretary Michael Donley fielded a question from California Rep. Ken Calvert (R) as to whether the service had determined how much savings past BRAC rounds had achieved, Gen. Norton Schwartz chimed in.
“I think that the key thing for the members here to know is that there were two parts to BRAC. There was closure and there was realignment. Realignments typically do not save money. If we do this again we should emphasize closure in order to really conserve resources,” Schwartz told the House Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Thursday.
Donley agreed to provide Calvert an answer for the record on past BRAC savings, but noted that the Air Force’s focus has been on completing the current round. The 10-term congressman may have been concerned about the prospect of a new round. His Southern California district includes one realigned base, March Air Reserve Base, and several active-duty installations including Camp Pendleton and Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Division.