Having worked in the Navy's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) office in the past, I've seen first-hand how little attention is paid to a community's long-term economic survival after the military leaves. The loss of a base seriously affects the community that has supported it, and we need to develop a strategy that not only saves tax dollars but, more important, saves the tax base.
The military is more than just steel on target; as leaders, we have an obligation to protect the nation's economic base and continue to be good stewards long after our base closes. Host communities deserve our best efforts as they transition from of years of military support. But how can the military help?