What is BRAC?

BRAC is the acronym for Base Realignment and Closure, the process the Department of Defense (DoD) uses to reorganize its installation infrastructure. On November 9, 2005, the President of the United States signed into law the recommendations of the 2005 BRAC Commission. With this action, 16 DoD agencies and activities were directed to vacate 4.2 million square feet of office space in Arlington. Associated with this space are an estimated 17,000 jobs that will be relocated to military installations within and beyond the DC Metro area. By law, these relocations must occur by September 15, 2011. The indirect impact (contractors and non-government companies that support affected DoD agencies) is unknown, but may be substantial.

In July 2006, the Arlington BRAC Transition Task Force produced 34 strategic recommendations covering areas of impact such as infrastructure, planning and development, business and workforce, and business and tenant incentives in response to the BRAC effect. The BRAC Transition Center in Crystal City is the central office that manages Arlington’s BRAC plan and provides worker and business services to affected workers, their spouses, and dependents.

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