With another round of military base closings possibly slated for 2017, we examine the pros and cons of these closings and the effect on real estate and the communities surrounding them. Also examined are the real estate opportunities that arise from the closures, and the potential for toxic waste in these lands.


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BRAC (Base ​Realignment and Closure) Updates

Congress May Consider Proposal to Close Military Bases (Military.com Network, May 5, 2018)

DOD asks for another round of military base closures (KOTA Territory News, Jun 1, 2017)

Trump's budget calls for new base closing round in 2021 (Military Times, May 23, 2017)

How Does a Base Closing Impact a Community?

Texas Military Installations Boast $136 Billion Impact on State Economy (Rivard Report, Jun. 26, 2017)

Military’s Impact on State Economies (National Conference on State Legislatures, Apr. 9, 2018)

BRAC 2021 Could Impact Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene Economy, Businesses (Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., May 30, 2017)

Real Estate Opportunities, and Tips for Buying Land on Closing Bases

Closed Military Bases – What Are They Doing Now? (Duotech, Jan. 26, 2018)

Adaptive Reuse: An Indiana Military Base Closure Turns into a Successful Downtown (CIRE Magazine, Jan/Feb 2018)

Potential Dangers on Former Military Base Land

Thousands of Children on US Army Bases May Have Been Poisoned by Lead—And the Service is Discouraging Costly Inspections (Business Insider, Aug. 2018)

Nearly 400 Military Bases Must be Tested for Drinking Water Contamination — and It Will Take Years (The Inquirer, Apr. 21, 2017)

Unexploded Ordnance: Hidden Danger on Military Bases, (Rand Corporation)

Useful Websites

Association of Defense Communities — ADC is the connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices.

GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

U.S. Department of Defense, (United States Department of Defense) — Federal website with updates on the latest news about base closures.

MRP, (National Association of REALTORS®) — The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification is for real estate professionals who want to work with current and former military service members.

United States Environmental Protection Agency — The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, n.d.)

Primer: Understanding Military Base Realignment and Closure, (ABC News)—Facts and figures about what it all means.

Military Real Estate Primer, (Harry H. Kelso, Attorney and Environmental Consultant)—Site includes lists of recent base closures, types of military real estate, and formerly used defense sites.

eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Military Base Closure: A Reference Handbook (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007) HC 79 So6

Military Base Closures (Chicago, IL: Novinka Books, 2003) HC 79 L81

Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (London: Routledge, 2016) HC79.D4

Life After Defense: Conversion and Economic Adjustment on Long Island (Picsataway, NJ : Rutgers University. Center for Urban Policy Research, 1994) HC 79r

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