2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 6 Jun 2005 19:09:14 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] "It's Never Too Early To Have 'plan B'"
It's Never Too Early To Have 'plan B'
Out With The Old Military Base, In With A New Development

New London Day (CT)
June 6, 2005

Denver - Call it a delicate hedging of bets.

While communities across the country are waging fierce public battles over the Pentagon's proposed list of military base closings, many also are beginning a more private process of at least considering a "Plan B” - just in case.

That's not counterproductive, say experts who have dealt with the federal government's nearly 20-year-old base closing and consolidation process. That process, called Base Closure and Realignment, or BRAC, has tagged the Naval Submarine Base in Groton in its current, and fifth round, of recommended shutdowns since the formal BRAC process began in 1988.

"If you're a smart community, you've probably got one or two people sitting in a back room getting prepared for the possible closure," said Wayne Dorband, a partner with the International Risk Group in Englewood, Colo. Dorband, speaking Sunday during a national base-closure conference in Denver sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based NAID/ADC association of defense communities, said municipalities will naturally resist the federal government's efforts to close a military base because of the potential massive disruption to their economies and communities.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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