It goes without saying that being the president of a country must be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Every administration goes through their own struggles, President Trump’s bane has been the continued resistance and coup attempts from liberals and the press.
Despite these roadblocks, or maybe because of them, Trump has pushed forward and is succeeding even though the left will never admit it. Now he is showing another trait of a true leader, the ability to go forward with decisions that benefit the people despite how you feel personally.
President Trump has made no secret of the fact that he is pro-military. It is one thing that has earned him a lot of respect. But he is also about helping as many people as possible and right now, that course is taking him down the path of needing to close excess military bases. While this may initially seem to be a loss for our military, the closing of unneeded bases will save money in the long run, that will ultimately benefit our national defense.
Called BRAC in Washington the process of Base Realignment and Closure is a delicate one. Most politicians are hesitant because the bases in their district employ civilians if nothing else. No congressman or woman wants to tell their constituents they voted to get rid of jobs.
The acting Defense Department comptroller John Roth says, “It is a very structured, systematic, rigorous process that ultimately Congress has the final say on. We are asking for the authority for BRAC. We think we are getting some signals from at least a couple of [congressional] committees that are more amenable to it, so we will be pushing that pretty hard.”
The bases that will be targeted are those that are unused, this in no way means a downsizing of the military. It is merely a closing of bases that are unnecessary and the process will save billions.
Roth reports that, if Congress approves, analysis of closures would begin in 2021. It is not a quick process by any means. It can require significant money up front and take years to see the savings. However, the last BRAC that occurred in 2005 and the ones before that, have saved the Defense Department approximately $12 billion a year.
It is estimated that, with authority from Congress, this round could save $2 billion a year. What they need now is for Congress to make the necessary but unpopular decision. Roth states, “All we’re asking for at this stage is the authority. We can’t even do the detailed analysis under current law.”