Military Bases: Analysis Of Dod's Recommendations And Selection Process For Closures And Realignments

DIANE Publishing
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This report finds that: because the Navy's process stressed the reduction of excess capacity there were cases where a base was recommended for closure, even though its mil. value was rated higher that bases that remained open; the Army chose not to recommend a base for closure in part because of environ'l. cleanup costs -- a reason excluded from cost of closure calculations; the AF documentation makes it difficult to understand the justification for some decisions, although AF oral explanations justified the recommendations.
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Aug 30, 2004
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