Base Closures Regardless of Congress’ Approval

(Government Executive News) In testimony before Congress, the Department of Defense has stated that it will have to close bases to accomodate the sharp cuts in the defense budget. The Obama Administration has requested a new round of Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) processes. Even if Congress does not establish a new BRAC, the DOD has stated that it will go forward with its own reducing of base infrastructure. DOD also stated that this latter process could be much more detrimental to local communities than the BRAC process. Is this just good fiscal management by DOD or an overreach by the Executive Office? (read more…)