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Base Closings Finally Seen as Possibility This Year

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 01:11 PM

President Donald Trump's business experience combined with other factors has many convinced that base realignment and closures (BRAC) could actually happen after many years of being politically impossible, the Washington Examiner reports.

The president's understanding of efficiency moves as a businessman, together with the Army itself pleading to get rid of some of its excess infrastructure and the need to free up money for other needs, may be the factors that finally make BRAC a real possibility.

However, even when BRAC appears to be a logical choice, it is usually thwarted by politicians who don't want to deal with the accompanying lost jobs in their district and the general negative economic impact on the communities around bases, especially since the benefit of savings is not seen for many years.

But Heritage Foundation senior research fellow for defense Dakota Wood said Trump's business background and desire to cut waste means "the stars have aligned" for a real chance at BRAC.

"Whether it's commercial business, like a hotel or a golf course, or military infrastructure, you're still spending money on facilities," Wood said. "If you were running a business and had warehouses or offices or some part of the business that you were putting money against and that asset wasn't generating some kind of return for you, that's just wasted money."

The vice chiefs of the Army and Air Force support base closures as a means to save funds that can be used for the military's other needs, and the Pentagon has issued reports documenting the waste involved in unneeded infrastructure, The Hill reports.

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has also voiced his support for BRAC, calling Congress' handling of the issue "cowardice" and a threat to military readiness, the Military Times reports.

However, for many congressmen, the memory of the last BRAC in 2005, which cost more than expected up front and generated savings much slower than anticipated, has added to their concern of backing such a move.

American Enterprise Institute analyst Philip Lohaus told the Examiner that another complication is that, even though Trump might acknowledge the efficiency of a BRAC, he might find it difficult politically due to the potential loss of jobs after he has made the creation of jobs in the U.S. such a central part of his administration.

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President Donald Trump's business experience combined with other factors has many convinced that base realignment and closures (BRAC) could actually happen after many years of being politically impossible, the Washington Examiner reports.
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