BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE (BRAC)
In 2012, the Secretary of Defense proposed new rounds of BRAC for 2013 and 2015, but Congress rejected any new round of base closures in the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act. As the Pentagon’s budget is reduced by hundreds of billions of dollars and force structure is eliminated, shutting down military installations will become inevitable. The most recent BRAC round took place in 2005 and was just completed in 2012. It involved closing 24 major installations and consolidating other bases into joint installations. The next BRAC will focus heavily on closing Air Force installations, Army industrial and research facilities and National Guard and Reserve installations.
The Roosevelt Group has significant experience helping communities promote and protect local military missions, each of which can be a significant resource and the economic anchor for a local community. We focus on sustaining the economic benefits provided by an installation and on enhancing the viability of facilities with new missions. Our advocacy services eclipse the periodic support to a community during a BRAC round. We focus on a long-term and strategic engagement with the Pentagon to incrementally increase the military value of an installation on a day-to-day basis. We uniquely understand the wide variety of Pentagon authorities and policies available to a community. This enables a community to partner with an installation to cooperatively improve the effectiveness of that installation, whether that means lowering the installation’s operating costs, improving service members’ quality of life or sharing in an investment that makes new missions more likely to develop at the installation.
During the BRAC ‘05 process, we represented a number of states, cities and associations with interests at 16 military installations. All 16 bases were either protected from the BRAC list, grew as a result of the process, or were removed from the BRAC list and saved from closure. This level of success has allowed us to continue working with communities that understand the value in long-term strategies to protect and grow their local military installations. Today, we represent some of the most vibrant and sophisticated defense communities in the nation. We are engaged in many complex and innovative strategies to position our community clients for long-term success, including the execution of large enhanced-use leases, land exchanges and public-private partnerships.