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Army Corps of Engineers to play different role in new BRAC round

Feb. 11, 2014 - 04:52PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The Army Corps of Engineers is expecting another round of base closures as soon as 2017, according to Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the commanding general, with the Corps playing a much different role than in past rounds.

In the last round, the Army Corps of Engineers received about $11 billion to build new installations, hospitals and facilities; e a new BRAC round will focus instead on disposing properties and closing installations, he said during a conference call with reporters on Feb. 11.

“How do we reshape installations and make changes in the overall location of installations in order to maintain a force that is much smaller than we have today,” Bostick said.

He said as the Army looks to cut budgets it will no longer be able to maintain its infrastructure and must cut installations as it reduces its end strength from about 570,000 to 490,000 or fewer soldiers.

“At some point it’s just not cost effective,” Bostick said.

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