Targeting Bases Will Ease BRAC Go-Ahead from Congress, Budget Expert Suggests
April 8, 2013
To overcome lawmakers’ resistance to approving a new round of base closures, the Pentagon should identify from the outset what installations it is considering closing or realigning, Todd Harrison, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told reporters Friday.
“DOD needs to come at Congress with more specific plans,” Harrison said, reported Foreign Policy. What’s needed is a detailed plan mapped down to the congressional district. The vast majority of members of Congress won’t be hurt, he explained.
Harrison offered his proposal as a mechanism to help the Pentagon get its spending under control. Congress last year rejected the administration’s request for two additional BRAC rounds and, so far, there’s no reason to believe lawmakers have softened their opposition.
It’s not clear how Harrison’s suggestion could be carried out. One of the hallmarks of the BRAC process is that defense officials do not prejudge what bases are recommended for closure or realignment until a formal process of data collection and analysis is conducted.