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Master of Science

First Advisor

Craig M. Brandt, PhD

Second Advisor

John Shishoff, PhD


In 1988, the Department of Defense DOD began a massive series of military base closures. Communities affected by these closures must contend with regulations of numerous agencies which impact the closure process. Since 1961, DODs Office of Economic Adjustment OEA has assisted communities in their attempts to recover from effects of base closures. In the 1980s and 1990s, the governments level of involvement increased it added the Air Force Base Conversion Agency AFBCA and the Base Transition Office BTO to assist communities recovery efforts. Through a review of historical data, a case study of the conversion activities at Gentile Air Force Station, OH, and a cross-site analysis of 13 other closing or closed bases, the authors studied the functions and activities of the three main conversion agencies. Recommendations for the Federal Government include timely and relevant training for community leaders on the conversion process, and the development of a single agency based in Washington, with a staff at each closing base that is empowered to carry out the functions of the OEA, AFBCA, and BTO.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.