In an attempt to prepare for further cutbacks in defense spending and the likelihood of a new round of base closures, the Maryland Military Installation Council formed a BRAC Advisory Group to support the state’s defense communities, officials announced Wednesday.
“Community partnerships played key roles in supporting and protecting our military installations in the 2005 BRAC initiative and other actions that brought new responsibilities and more than 100,000 jobs to Maryland,” Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said in a written statement.
“The new BRAC Advisory Group will interact with the communities surrounding our bases, working toward the common goal of ensuring that the defense organizations — and the more than 400,000 Marylanders working for and associated with the DOD — remain here in Maryland,” Gill said.
The BRAC Advisory Group will advocate for the state’s military installations and commands, provide information and resources to communities and state officials, and serve as a liaison between Maryland’s congressional delegation, the General Assembly and the state’s military alliances.
“The BRAC Advisory Group is the first of many steps to address the challenges and opportunities of pending DOD actions and ensure that Maryland retains its prominent role in the defense of the nation,” said Gov. Larry Hogan (R).
The new advisory group will be chaired by Mike Hayes, managing director of the Commerce Department’s Office of Military and Federal Affairs. George Schlossberg, ADC’s counsel and a partner at Kutak Rock LLP, was named by Gill as one of the group’s 12 founding members.