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The Availability of Judicial Review Regarding Military Base Closures and Realignments

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Publication Date: June 2005

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RL32963

Topic: Military and defense (Military bases and buildings)


The 2005 round of military base realignments and closures (BRAC) is now underway. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (Base Closure Act), as amended, establishes mandatory procedures to be followed throughout the BRAC process and identifies criteria to be used in formulating BRAC recommendations. However, judicial review is unlikely to be available to remedy alleged failures to comply with the Base Closure Act's provisions. A synopsis of the relevant law regarding the availability of judicial review in this context is included below: