Lawmakers May Consider BRAC-Lite Proposal

Lawmakers May Consider BRAC-Lite Proposal

A plan permitting the Defense Department to shutter small bases or “tangential facilities,” provided the affected communities do not oppose the move, may be introduced as an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said at a Navy League luncheon in Norfolk Thursday. “They would have to say that it’s excess inventory and we don’t need it,” he said. “And the localities would have to say that it’s OK to do that.”

Wittman, who chairs the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said he would favor the proposal as “it brings everybody to the table to discuss excess capacity.” The Pentagon needs to shed unneeded facilities, he added. “[However] if we get rid of facilities in strategically centered locations — that is, population centers — you will never ever get them back.”

Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, said the new approach shouldn’t threaten any local facilities, reported the Virginian-Pilot. “Conceptually, it’s hard to argue with that idea of the military and host community both thinking a facility should close,” Quigley said. “From a Hampton Roads perspective, I’m hard pressed to think of an example of this.”

 

Virginian-Pilot photo by Kristen Zeis

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