Designing the Next Base Realignment and Closures Organizational Structure

  • Lieutenant Colonel Kennon S. Gilliam

With shrinking budgets and force structure, the Department of Defense (DoD) has requested congressional authority to conduct another round of base realignment and closures (BRAC) in fiscal year 2019. Multiple stakeholders, both inside and outside the DoD, influenced by BRAC history and representing competing objectives, are critical players in an already complex environment. Developing the appropriate organizational structure armed with the proper analytical guidance is essential to a successful BRAC analysis. Instead of building upon historical BRAC examples or currently existing organizational structures, the three frames of operational design can assist the DoD in exploring alternative structures for the next BRAC. Framing the operational environment allows the Department of Defense to understand the current and desired environments. Accurately defining the problem provides insights on how to achieve the desired endstates. Developing operational approaches for organizing the BRAC analytical groups can produce structures that are noticeably different from previous BRAC efforts.