- October 6, 2014
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, is convinced a new base closure round will be held in the next five years. “At some point, Congress is going to have to authorize a BRAC” commission, Principi told Seacoastonline last week. “I’ve seen the trepidation [of base closures] first-hand, and I know [a BRAC round] can create an anxious time for communities. But the bottom line is that there’s a lot of excess military infrastructure, and it’s costly,” he said. The paper interviewed Principi ahead of his visit today, along with Maine gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (D), to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Principi last visited the shipyard during the 2005 BRAC round. The commission later voted to take it off the closure list. At the time, he said it was “the premiere public shipyard. It should be the gold standard by which we should measure other shipyards.” Principi told the paper he is confident Portsmouth will survive a future BRAC.