Just as the ink was drying on new letterheads and state highway departments changed signage, the Army is thinking of reversing its stance on BRAC, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
The latest round of base realignments began in 2005 in an attempt to consolidate or close military bases, reduce redundancy and potentially save billions. That hasn't been the case.
The Department of Defense’s projected savings over the last twenty years has dwindled from a staggering $2.3 billion, to a paltry $250 million as reported by the GAO this Spring.
Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno is now saying the entire effort is “under review” and there is every possibility that the recently formed joint bases will soon “divorce”.
Locally, Joint Base Charleston was formed in 2010, combining Charleston Air Force Base with the local naval facility.It was an interesting pairing since the bases don’t even share a geographical border; one being in Berkeley County and one in Charleston County.
Gen. Odierno spoke last week at a conference for the Association of the United States Army and cited “cultural differences” within the branches that have caused problems with joint-basing.
"I don't have to tell you … there is a differing culture between the services.
There's a difference in what we think 'we'should have and there's a difference in what 'they' think we should have."
Every branch of the military has its own idea of how to be more effective in delivering installation services and support.
The Government Accountability Office also recommends the Pentagon improve the “reliability of cost and performance data from the installations, as well as communication between bases to resolve common challenges and share lessons learned.”
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