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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Joseph R. Huscroft, PhD.


The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) went farther than any other previous BRAC in attempting to discover budgetary efficiencies by redefining domestic military infrastructure. BRAC recommendation #146 set into motion the construct of joint basing in which installation support responsibilities were transferred to lead-Components resulting in 12 major mergers of 26 military installations. Much has been written on the cost savings progress of joint bases; however little has been written in academia as to the implementation challenges that have hindered true cost savings from being realized. This research leverages the Delphi Method in capturing and ranking the top issues to aid senior leaders in resource allocation decision-making. Leaders from base support functions such as logistics, force support, security forces, civil engineering, and command staff comprised the expert panel that led to the identification of the top 13 joint basing challenges. This research was scoped to one AF-led, Navy-supported joint base, but has transportability to other joint bases and contributes to the mergers and acquisitions body of knowledge. The results of this research validate the current issues plaguing joint bases and consider the implications of future joint basing efforts.

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