Army leader: Sequestration impacting communities but BRAC could benefit them
The active end-strength reductions are the result of sequestration, putting the Army on a glide path of 570,000 active-duty soldiers in 2010 to 450,000 by 2018. Those troop reductions "will affect every installation in the Army" as well as the nearby communities, Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander of the Army's Installation Management Command, told lawmakers March 17. Halverson described how troop reductions correlate to an increase in excess capacity, making the case for a future round of base realignment and closure (BRAC). "Without a reduction in the number of installations, the Army will be forced to sacrifice quality-of-life programs at the expense of maintaining excess capacity," he said. The cumulative effect will also harm adjoining communities.
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