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On January 5, 2012, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey discussed changes in the military’s long-term plans and how the proposed changes will establish future budgeting priorities. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to request, as early as today, two new rounds of military base closures in the United States as part of the Pentagon budget-cutting process, according to defense sources. The new requests would seek authorization for the first BRAC in 2013, to be followed by another in 2015.

Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC), is, at its core, an economic development exercise. For the many states and communities with military assets, including the Guard and Reserve, it one of the largest employers and economic engines for the community. The President and his Cabinet will emphasize Administration efforts in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and making other budgetary improvements to address economic and strategic changes and show concern for the debt crisis. There will be winners and losers in the coming fiscal years as a result of BRAC due to force structure and infrastructure changes. Military communities must be proactive in protecting the vital missions of their installations.

Cassidy & Associates is the nation’s foremost government relations firm specializing in military base enhancement services for states and communities. Our base enhancement practice involves fulltime representation of clients who appreciate the immense economic impact of federal military activities and the value of defense-related economic development. Our base enhancement practice arises out of our unparalleled record of success in the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. Led by our President, Barry Rhoads, former Deputy General Counsel for the 1991 BRAC Commission, our professionals have been pioneers in finding innovative ways to assist supporters of local military installations. These collaborative efforts have helped military bases survive past base closure rounds and positioned those installations for long-term mission success.

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