The Army is banking on a new round of base closures to eliminate excess infrastructure, and plans to craft a strategy for realigning and closing installations so it is ready when the next BRAC is authorized, according to the 2025 vision and strategy document the Army’s office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment released recently.
“The Army requires additional BRAC authorization to take unnecessary facilities out of the funding stream. This will allow the Army to apply these resources toward readiness and other priorities,” according to Strategy 2025.
“While DOD has not yet been given the authority to execute another round of BRAC inside the United States, it is expected to be authorized in the near term as it is the best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner,” the vision document states.
To prepare, the document outlines a number of tasks, including one calling for the service to “lay groundwork to facilitate another BRAC.” That task calls for officials to “organize, lead and report initiatives to analyze, evaluate and recommend retention, closure, consolidation or divestiture of the Army’s infrastructure to optimize its warfighting capability and effectiveness.”
Another critical task is updating the Army’s guidance for negotiating the terms for transferring properties closed through BRAC. The goal for that task is “to optimize Army caretaker and environmental requirements and expenses, while maximizing Army consideration (revenues) from sales and leases of excess BRAC property; [and] transfer and/or convey BRAC property to recipients expeditiously to help communities adjust successfully to life after BRAC.”
Other required tasks include:
- ensuring property records and all data bases with infrastructure data are up to date;
- ensuring real property inventories and utilization rates are considered for investment, disposal decisions and stationing actions; and
- completing the comprehensive European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC); the task calls for transitioning the EIC team to a future mission supporting large-scale infrastructure analysis and evaluation.
Another initiative that is key to the Army’s effort to sustain its infrastructure is its Facility Investment Strategy. That initiative is an approach to establish guidelines to sustain needed facilities across the active and reserve components, dispose of excess facilities, improve the quality of those that are retained and address only critical facility shortfalls.