Accession Number : ADA319524

Title :   Privatization in Place and the Base Closure Community: Newark Air Force Base, Ohio, 1993-1995.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Pidgeon, Paul D.

PDF Url : ADA319524

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 154

Abstract : This thesis studies the experience of the local community during the privatization in place of Newark Air Force Base (NAFB), Ohio. Licking County faced the loss of its largest employer after the 1993 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC), a five-year commission established by President George Bush as a measure to cut national defense spending after the Cold War's end, recommended closing the Air Force repair facility. In its base closure recommendation, the BRAC gave the Air Force flexibility to craft a privatization in place plan. But the Air Force did not know how much the plan would cost or if it was in the best interests of national defense. The Air Force, as a result, embarked on a long, complicated procedure to determine the future of NAFB. At stake for Licking County were jobs for over 1,500 base employees and a $200 million economic impact. Licking County leaders cited a new federal initiative announced by President Clinton--the Five Part Program for Revitalizing Base Closure Communities--as justification for privatization in place. Licking County leaders also sought help from the man that the local community considers the "father of NAFB" to lead a push for privatization in place. An in-depth historical analysis identifies the critical issues as seen through the eyes of the local community and places them in an economic and political context.

Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES, *BASE CLOSURES, METHODOLOGY, AIR FORCE, POLICIES, COMMUNITIES, ECONOMIC IMPACT, OHIO, THESES, REDUCTION, COSTS, HISTORY, TRANSITIONS, PERSONNEL, MILITARY BUDGETS, NATIONAL DEFENSE, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE