• Absent BRAC, DOD Could Use Some Authority for Realignment, Smith Says

    Absent BRAC, DOD Could Use Some Authority for Realignment, Smith Says0

    With the prospect of Congress authorizing a round of base closures in the near future considered poor, lawmakers should consider alternate legislation to provide DOD limited flexibility to realign facilities and shutter others short of full BRAC authority, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday. “Most people have

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  • Lessons from Housing Privatization Can Be Applied to New Installation Initiatives

    Lessons from Housing Privatization Can Be Applied to New Installation Initiatives0

    The Army’s successful housing privatization initiative can be used as a model to guide future reforms of DOD’s real estate portfolio, two former high-ranking Army officials say in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal. “The program’s success shows how partnerships between business and the military can often achieve better outcomes than the military can achieve on its own. This is especially so when applied to the vast infrastructure that consumes more than $200 billion of today’s defense budget,” say Sandy Apgar, who served as assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment from 1998-2001, and Jack Keane, who served as the Army’s vice chief of staff from 1999-2003. Apgar and Keane suggest that other assets, such as offices, warehousing and maintenance, could be monetized and their performance improved …

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  • Navy Would Have a Role to Play in Next BRAC Round, Mabus Says0

    Since the Obama administration first proposed holding new rounds of base closure four years ago, Navy leaders have consistently supported the proposal while making clear they didn’t have a significant need to close any bases.
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stuck to that stance in an interview with the Connecticut Mirror, but indicated the service most likely would propose shuttering at least one facility. “I’m sure we’d have something [on the BRAC list], but I don’t know what that would be,” he said …

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