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Base Realignment and Closure 2005: Implications for the Army's Medical Capabilities

June 6, 2005

Current Department of Defense (DoD) recommendations for the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) include closing 33 major bases and realigning 29 others for a total savings of $48.8 billion over the next 20 years. The primary goal is to close installations that are not needed, realign others, modernize facilities, take advantage of joint cooperation wherever possible and help streamline U.S armed forces to complement the new expeditionary nature of the United States military. The Army, using the guiding principle of ìmilitary valueî in assessing 97 facilities, recommended closing, realigning or augmenting functions at 76 installations. Consolidation of Army medical facilities and joint creation and operation of new ìCenters of Excellenceî will restructure the Military Healthcare System to meet the future needs of the armed forces.