A new journal article argues that DOD needs to conduct another BRAC round as a way to both free up spending for higher priority requirements and increase military effectiveness. The authors — Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, and Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies for the Cato Institute — highlight the ability of base closure communities to recover from BRAC, pointing to the reuse of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and Bergstrom AFB, Texas. In the absence of BRAC, active communities are forced to endure a “death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach” as the services are forced to allocate resources to maintaining unneeded infrastructure.
To counter arguments against authorizing a new round, “Congress needs to take steps to require an emphasis on savings and efficiencies, increase congressional oversight by placing controls on cost growth, and expedite executing and completing recommendations,” the authors state.
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