Military base closings, and the numerous laws and regulations that apply to them, have a great impact on neighboring communities. This comment addresses the economic, environmental, and cultural effects of military base closures, both domestic and overseas, and offers some ideas for the future. Section I tells the stories of two former military bases, one in America and one overseas, and an American military base currently in the process of closing. Section II details the economic effects of military base closure under BRAC, while looking at the process itself in more detail. Section III examines the environmental effects, arising from both preparation for closure and use after the transfer. Section IV looks at the cultural effects of base closures. Finally, Section V analyzes what is likely to happen in the future in this area and offers some solutions to the problems under current law.

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Winter 2010