Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is a process whereby the U.S. Congress mandates that a list of bases to be closed or realigned by provided to them. The process is designed so that an independent Commission can take recommendations from the Secretary of Defense and provide the Congress with a balanced set of Defense base Closings and realignments that is, as a whole package, the best for the country. To prevent special interests and politics from selectively changing the Commission’s overall intent, the list must be either accepted or rejected by Congress as and entire package.

There have been five previous BRACs in 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2005.

Background information on the last BRAC, which was mandated as part of the Defense Authorization Act of FY 2003, is detailed below:

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld kicked off the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in a November 15, 2002 memorandum “Transformation Through Base Realignment and Closure.” The following is a summary of what the memorandum said.


TechLink is the primary intermediary for the U.S. Department of Defense for technology transfer of inventions coming out of defense laboratories.  TechLink’s primary activity is marketing new inventions from Department of Defense labs and facilitating –  at no cost – license agreements with industry for these inventions.

Rhode Island Defense Industry Skill Gap Study – 2012

The deep technical and domain knowledge of the defense workforce in Rhode Island is a competitive advantage that the Defense Industry Partnership intends to enhance through identifying and addressing critical skill gaps. In addition to investing in professional development for their own workforce, a significant number of employers in Rhode Island’s Defense Sector are supporting the workforce development pipeline at the college, high-school, and sometimes middle school level.


Career Pathways

Career Pathways are a workforce development strategy that supports workforce development and  provides a framework that is critical to workforce and economic development.  Career Pathways typically:

For additional information on RI Defense career pathways, click here.

There were earlier efforts by the  Defense Industry Partnership to develop four career pathways:

Defense Engineering

Defense Technician

Defense Production

Defense Business Administration.

Click here for specific details of those Defense career pathways.

The Department of Defense’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) released in early 2020, is a new tiered cybersecurity framework that all DoD contractors (both prime and subcontractors) will need to implement. The CMMC adds audits to assure compliance to one of 5 CMMC levels, depending on your contract or flow-down requirements. For more on CMMC and for updates go to