The Defense Department is pushing to conduct two additional rounds of base closures and realignments, Andy Medici writes for Military Times.
The Pentagon is prohibited from proposing or planning a BRAC round for 2013 under the defense authorization bill passed in the House on May 18, Medici noted.
A Senate official told Medici she would consider allowing the military to close U.S. military bases overseas, but not bases in the U.S.
Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, told Medici the Pentagon has had to send multiple BRAC requests before they are granted.
She added that she would not be surprised if the Pentagon submits additional requests until it receives permission.
The Pentagon issued its first request for BRAC approval in March.Â The last time the Pentagon entered a BRAC round was in 2005, which eliminated around three percent of its capability and cost $35.1 billion to execute.