Alexander Comments On Defense Department's BRAC Recommendations

Posted on May 13, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today commented on the Secretary of Defense’s recommendations for closure and realignment of military installations and its impact on Tennessee. “Military installations are critical infrastructure for defending our nation. They are also an important part of many Tennessee communities,” said Alexander. “I am pleased to see the reaffirmation by the Department of Defense of the critical role of Fort Campbell, Mid South Naval Activity Support in Millington, and the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base in Knoxville reflected. “At the same time, it hurts when an installation has to close, even though it is in the interest of building a leaner, stronger military. I’ll be working with leaders from the Air National Guard base in Nashville and the Army Reserve facility in Kingsport to ensure the BRAC Commission understands their value both to Tennessee and the military before any final decision is reached.” The Base Realignment and Closure Commission is an independent body charged with reviewing the recommendations of the Secretary of Defense regarding closure or realignment of military installations to suit the needs of America’s armed forces.  Over the coming months, the commission will review today’s recommendations by visiting sites and evaluating the Secretary’s recommendations.  If necessary, the commission will modify the list and put forward its recommendations to the President no later than September 8, 2005.   The Department of Defense estimates that this BRAC round could yield approximately $7 billion in annual savings.  Resources can be reallocated to high priority demands including modernizing weapons, improving readiness and enhancing quality of life resources for troops.  Previous BRAC rounds have saved over $17.7 billion in net revenue.