Covering All the Bases: How Texas Can Preserve its Military Bases in the Face of Department of Defense Budget Cuts
Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, Vol. 12, p. 1, 2011
24 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2011 Last revised: 24 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2011
In “Covering All the Bases: How Texas Can Preserve Its Military Bases in the Face of Department of Defense Budget Cuts”, author Sierra Redding explores the Base Realignment and Closures Act (BRAC) and its effect on the military bases within the state of Texas and beyond. First, the author discusses the logistics of the BRAC process and how the Department of Defense decides which bases to close. Additionally, the author discusses the financial impact of base closures on communities in Texas.
The author also provides possible improvements upon the system to alleviate the strain to military communities dealing with base closures. Redding suggests more effective use of an existing Texas administrative agency, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. Additionally, the author provides legislative examples from other states that could be effective in assisting Texas with the BRAC process. Finally, the author recommends strategies to make military communities more valuable to the Department of Defense, lessening their chance of being affected by BRAC.
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