Lobbyists expect BRAC in 2017, but defense cuts already taking place

Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 03:30 PM.

He said part of the BRAC process would be development of a threat analysis, force structure plan and infrastructure inventory that could lead to BRAC recommendations in 2016 and final determination by the commission in 2017.

Edwards said that Cassidy and Associates,  Pete Rose of The Franklin Partnership and Marc Finlayson of ACT have been working together to take advantage of the “pro-BRAC” window to present Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East in the best possible light to those involved with the process at the Pentagon.

“We think we have done a great job as a team moving forward making sure the delegation’s aware of the strengths and quite frankly the areas of concern,” Edwards said. “We have certainly made a strong case for Cherry Point inside of the building. I don’t think that there is anybody in that facility that is not aware of what goes on at Cherry Point, of what goes on at FRC East, and of the good work that goes on here in the community to make sure it stays that way.”

Barry Rhoads, president of Cassidy and Associates, said of more concern are cuts that don’t require congressional action.

“The more scary thing to me is what I have been calling the shadow BRAC,” he said. “We’re undergoing shadow BRACs as we speak. That’s actually no notification of Congress. They can do certain activities without even asking for permission.”

Edwards said one thing Havelock could do is look at shared services with the base.

“They are looking for ways the local community can help pull on the rope, from energy to sewage to things as simple as library services,” Edwards said.

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