Potomac News Online | BRAC Selection Criteria

The Defense Department must consider eight criteria when selecting military bases for closure or realignment. Priority consideration is given to the first four criteria, which relate to a base’s “military value.”

  1. Current and future military capabilities and impact on joint war fighting, training and readiness.
  2. Availability and condition of land, facilities and airspace.
  3. Ability to accommodate current and future operations and training.
  4. Cost of operations and manpower implications.
  5. Extent of savings from closure or realignment versus associated shutdown costs.
  6. Economic impact on nearby communities.
  7. Ability of roads, utilities, government and housing to support personnel and military missions.
  8. Environmental impact and restoration and remediation costs from base clean-up.

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