James Mattis Asks Congress to Authorize New BRAC Round

James Mattis

Defense Secretary James Mattis has called on Congress to authorize another round of base realignment and closures, DoD Buzz reported Friday.

“We have studied shortcomings of previous rounds and are confident the savings generated by a new BRAC in 2021 would save $2 billion or more annually,” Mattis wrote in the letter to heads of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

The Defense Department said in a congressional report accompanying Mattis’ letter DoD has failed to receive authorization to conduct a BRAC analysis for more than 14 years and that the military has approximately 20 percent in excess infrastructure.

The report also showed that the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force have approximately 29 percent and 28 percent in excess buildings and facilities followed by the Defense Logistics Agency at 13 percent and the U.S. Navy at 6 percent, The Hill reported.

“I must be able to eliminate excess infrastructure in order to shift resources to readiness and modernization,” Mattis wrote in the letter.

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