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BRAC could target excess military installations

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The Pentagon is starting to put pressure on Capitol Hill to launch a new round of the Base Realignment & Closure Commission.

The military uses BRAC to reduce the number of military assets that are not needed to help keep costs under control.

But Congress must approve of any closing or re-structures.

According to Military Times, the Pentagon is threatening to start closing unneeded bases without Congress. 

Montana Defense Alliance chair David Weissman says there hasn't been much support for BRAC in Congress over the last decade.

"What do you do when you have constricted budgets and you have infrastructure with no way of reducing it. Base Realignment and Closure is the way that the Air Force can bring forward a plan to congress and every one can go through it with a fine tooth comb, and find the right answers for our national security," Weissman said. 

The last round of BRAC was in 2005, but Malmstrom Air Force Base was not affected. 

Local military advocates say as of right now the Air Force has about 30 percent of too much infrastructure.

"I think when you talk BRAC, you always have to be very smart about how you approach it. Right now with the way the world is, we can feel a little bit confident, maybe not with the world so much, but with Russia, China, and North Korea doing what they are that the ICBM mission is a very essential part of our national security and that of our allies. That said BRAC could be a really good opportunity," Weissman said.

Weissman goes on to say BRAC is gaining momentum and could take place in 2019.

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