DOD expects to complete an analysis of the department’s excess capacity by late spring, the first formal analysis of how much surplus infrastructure it retains since prior to the last round of base closures, Politico reported.
The new report, mandated under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, is expected to bolster the department’s case for holding a new BRAC round. The administration’s FY 2017 budget request calls for a new round to be held in 2019.
Two of the services recently have updated their assessments of how much excess infrastructure is in their inventory. Air Force officials testified earlier this month that the service has a surplus of 30 percent. The Army believes the portion of its infrastructure considered excess will rise to 21 percent after ongoing restructuring shrinks the service’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers, a top installations official said last year, citing a rough estimate.
The authorization measure requires DOD to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the military’s level of excess capacity. It calls for officials to submit:
- force structure plans for each of the services;
- an assessment of the probable threats to national security;
- end strength levels and major military force units;
- an inventory of worldwide installations;
- a description of the infrastructure necessary to support the force structure plans;
- a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity; and
- an assessment of the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to accommodate contingency, mobilization and surge requirements.
The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to review the force structure plans and infrastructure inventory within 60 days after it is submitted by DOD.