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Field Guide to Military Base Closings

(Updated September 2014)

With another round of military base closings possibly slated for 2013, we examine the pros and cons of these closings and the effect on real estate and the communities surrounding them. (C. Dodge, Information Specialist)


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BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Updates

Realigning and closing military bases, (U.S. General Accounting Office).

DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says, (American Forces Press Service, May 12, 2014).

For Pentagon, it’s always a tough battle to get Congress to close military bases, facilities, (The Washington Post, March 17, 2014).

Pentagon officials: We need more base closures, (Stars and Stripes, March 12, 2014).

Congress Hates Military-Base Closings, but Can Chuck Hagel Do It Without Their Approval?, (National Journal, March 5, 2014).

Lawmakers divided on possible 2017 BRAC round, (Military Times, March 3, 2014).

Base Realignment and Closure Commission, (Wikipedia)


How Does a Base Closing Impact a Community?

S.C. could lose out in next round of base closings if military quality of life not fulfilled, (The State, Feb. 23, 2014).

Norton Air Force base marks 20 years since closure, (The Sun Economy, March 22, 2014).

Closing Bases Can Be Good For Business, Brookings Scholars Say; Some Locals May Want Them Shuttered, (Breaking Defense, July 2, 2013).

Base Closings Around the Country, (Kiplinger, July 18, 2012).

Military Base Closures: The Impact on California Communities, (Rand Corporation, July 11, 2012).

Military base closures could hit economy, (CAL Watchdog.com, Feb. 28, 2012).

Military base closures and the towns they leave behind, (DailyFinance, Aug. 17, 2010)


Real Estate Opportunities, and Tips for Buying Land on Closing Bases

Beyond the Fence: A REALTORS® Guide to Military Base Closure, Realignment and Encroachment, (NAR State & Local Issues Committee, 2006).

U.S. Military Bases: Where Are They Now?, (Esquire, 2012).

5 Tips For Capitalizing On BRAC Real Estate, (Law360, Mar. 26, 2013).

The Ten Most Impressive Abandoned Military Bases In The World, (Jalopnik, Feb. 21, 2014).

Military Base Reuse; As Closures and Realignments March On, So Do Real Estate Opportunities, (Commercial Investment Real Estate, July/Aug. 1997).

Thinking differently: Can base closures bring economic opportunity, (Concerned Veterans for America, July 3, 2013).

Land windfall, (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 2005).

Tips for a smooth base conversion, (Journal of Property Management, Mar./Apr. 2004). Q


Potential Dangers on Former Military Base Land

Unexploded ordnance, (Wikipedia, June 21, 2012).

Cleaning up the toxic legacy of closed military bases, (DailyFinance, Sep. 24, 2010).

Unexploded Ordnance: Hidden Danger on Military Bases, (Rand Corporation).

Commentary, UXOs at closing U.S. bases, (United Press International, Aug. 1, 2005).


Useful Websites

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), (hud.gov, n.d.).

Beyond the fence: A REALTORS® Guide to Military Base Closure, Realignment and Encroachment, (NAR, Oct. 2006).

BRAC Base Realignment and Closure 2005, (United States Department of Defense)—Federal website with updates on the latest news about base closures.

Primer: Understanding Military Base Realignment and Closure, (ABC News)—Facts and figures about what it all means.

Military Real Estate Primer, (Harry H. Kelso, Attorney and Environmental Consultant)—Site includes lists of recent base closures, types of military real estate, and formerly used defense sites.


eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Military base closure: a reference handbook, (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007). HC 79 So6

Military base closures, (Chicago, IL: Novinka Books, 2003). HC 79 L81

Life after defense: conversion and economic adjustment on Long Island, (Picsataway, NJ : Rutgers University. Center for Urban Policy Research, 1994). HC 79r

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