first_imgDOD’s joint basing initiative — a recommendation approved by the 2005 BRAC Commission to consolidate installation support functions at 26 locations sharing a boundary or located in close proximity to form 12 joint bases — has failed to deliver promised cost savings and should be reversed, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual “hot topic” conference on installation management. “I don’t buy the data that says we’re saving money, and I don’t know any senior commanders or other people who like it,” Dahl said, reported Federal News Radio. “[IMCOM] may be spending less money, but the mission units are probably spending more to do what they need to do.”Beyond the initiative’s failure to cut costs, it likely has harmed readiness. “There’s a human dimension to this. There’s a reason the Air Force has a different culture from the Army,” he said. “And when you try to run a joint base, you actually erode that culture, which is critical to their combat effectiveness.”DOD’s best hope for reducing spending on installation support lies in reforming management at the headquarters level, Dahl said. The department should establish a joint agency to integrate planning and management across the services. “The money to be saved is in the Pentagon and at the high level of enterprising, not picking 10 or 12 places and trying to find savings at the subordinate level,” he said. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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