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Date: May 13, 2005

Department of Defense Recommends Growth at Picatinny Under BRAC 2005.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Brig. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, senior commander of Picatinny, announced on May 13 that the Department of Defense has recommended that Picatinny should grow in size under base realignment and closure 2005.

ďEarlier this morning, the Department of Defense released the list of military bases that it is proposing to close or realign,Ē he said.

ďAs you probably have heard, DOD has recommended that Picatinny Arsenal be realigned. Under this proposal, the installation would gain 693 positions from the transfer of work currently being performed at nine other locations.Ē

ďIf the Commission accepts DODís recommendations for Picatinny, our mission here would increase,Ē he said

Izzo said that under DODís plan, gun and ammunition research, development and acquisition currently conducted at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Divisions of Crane, Ind., China Lake, Calif., Fallbrook, Calif., Inidan Head, Md., Dahlgren, Va. Louisville, Ky. and the Naval Warfare Surface Center Division, Port Hueneme, Calif., would transfer to Picatinny.

Another move that would occur under DODís proposal is that the weapon and armament packaging research, development and acquisition mission of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Division, Earle, N.J. would be relocated here.

The Fuze Detachment of the Armament Research and Development Center (ARDEC) located at the Army Research Laboratories (ARL), Adelphi, Md. also would move to Picatinny.

Izzo said that DODís objective for this particular realignment is to create a Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation Joint Center of Excellence at Picatinny for guns and ammunition.

The BRAC Commissioners, a nine member panel appointed by the President, will now review and analyze DODís recommendations. They have until September 8 to complete their own BRAC report and send it to President Bush.

President Bush then must either approve or disapprove the list submitted by the Commission in its entirety. If he approves the list, it then is sent to Congress which has the same choice. If he disapproves it, the list will be returned to the Commission for reconsideration.

The decision process will not be finalized before November.

Additional information on BRAC and how it would affect Picatinny and installations nationwide can found at DODís BRAC website at www.dod.mil/brac and the Army BRAC website at http://www.hqda.army.mil/acsim/brac/braco.htm .