Government Matters Logo
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Frederico Bartels, policy analyst for defense budgeting at The Heritage Foundation, makes the case for another round of base realignment, and how it can help long-term savings at DoD

The last time the Base Realignment and Closure program was activated, it closed or consolidated several military bases in 2005. With ballooning budgets and new missions, there’s growing support for another round of BRAC in the near future. Frederico Bartels, policy analyst for defense budgeting at The Heritage Foundation, says that the holistic approach of BRAC gives a good perspective for congressional review.


“In the regular day-to-day operations of DoD, each service only looks at their bases and what their bases need. During BRAC, all of the services in all of the bases are looked from a holistic perspective and they can assess military value on all of the bases and see how it could be realign,” Bartels said. “The feature of BRAC is that it takes away permanent and recurring cost. Suppose that you have a Corvette and you change it for a Prius. You are always going to save on gas because you now have a car that runs for longer with the same amount of gas and you need to invest to change that Corvette for a Prius. That’s the cost that Congress looks at, but they don’t look at the other costs that you have permanent savings.”

Share This
Where to Watch
  • WJLA 24/7 News
    Weeknights at 8 PM and 11 PM on WJLA 24/7
  • ABC7
    Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM on ABC7
  • AFN American Forces Network
    Worldwide on American Forces Network

Transform Data: Protect. Automate. Modernize., The Future of Cloud Data Management

Watch on Thursday, December 10th at 11:30 a.m. WJLA 24/7 News
December 2020
« Nov    
Our Brands
  • Government Matters Logo
  • Government Matters Defense
  • Government Matters Thought Leadership Network