With the prospect of a new BRAC round seemingly off the table for the time being, Congress should offer the Pentagon some authority to divest unneeded property, according to a commentary in Defense One by two officials from Business Executives for National Security. A relaxing of restrictions on the DOD’s ability to transfer real estate could be linked to the department’s initiative to reform how it manages its land holdings, write Norton Schwartz, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, and board member Kenneth Fisher. The proposal would allow DOD to move beyond its enhanced use leasing authority, they say.
“The Pentagon and Congress should also go a step further to identify areas — to include entire installations — where communities and the private sector could purchase unneeded military land, fully titled. While there are many benefits to leasing, some opportunities require a complete transfer of property for the deal to have a sound business case,” Schwartz and Fisher write.