|BAll nine nominees for the independent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission have been named, propelling forward a process that some say could result in major changes to more than 100 military bases across the country.|
The commission members, selected by President Bush and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, will review — and potentially challenge — the Defense Department’s base-closure recommendations, due May 16.
This BRAC round is the first in the past decade and the fifth overall. The first round took place in 1988. The process is politically charged, with members of Congress vying to save installations in their home states.