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Katherine Hammack: Army Eyes 2017 Base Realignment, Closure Authorization

Katherine Hammack
Katherine Hammack

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for installations, energy and the environment, has said one of the focus areas for the installation community is to authorize base realignment and closures in 2017, the Army reported Wednesday.

“We must have authority from Congress to consolidate into our highest-value military bases and divest of low military value or under-utilized facilities,” Hammack said at a “Hot Topics” forum on installation management held March 31 in Washington.

“Today, facilities that are needed to support readiness, to support training exercises, airfields and other priorities are deteriorating because the resources are spent to support installations that could be closed.”

Hammack said another round of BRAC would initially cost $6 billion and would focus on the Army and the U.S. Air Force.

She told forum attendees that another focus area is to communicate how military bases support readiness, the report said.

She also cited the prioritization of projects and programs, creation of partnerships with the private sector and establishment of a model for installations as the other key areas that affect military installations.

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