Overview of BRAC
BRAC is an acronym that stands for Base Realignment and Closure. The Department of Defense (DoD) defines BRAC as the process in which the DoD has previously used to reorganize it's installation infrastructure to more efficiently and effectively support its forces, increase operational readiness and facilitate new ways of doing business.
It has been frequently documented that the State of Maryland fared exceptionally well in the decisions made by the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission. Maryland is expected to receive more BRAC-generated jobs than any other state. The shortage of workers with high-tech and other skills needed to fill defense, homeland security jobs and infrastructure jobs threatens not only economic development in this region but United States security.
With the influx of direct and indirect jobs as a result of BRAC, there will be a demand for people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills to fill those positions. This region will also need to fill positions related to various industry sectors such as construction, skilled labor, management and administration with employees who can qualify for a security clearance. A recent white paper, entitled "Blackboards to Circuit Boards: Moving to the Future," published by the Fort Meade Alliance, shows the increased need for collaboration between the schools and the businesses at the forefront of new technology. By building upon the relationships between educators and business community to add life experience into what students are learning, our region will be able to provide a future workforce that is not only ready to keep pace, but is also at the forefront of development for our country.
To find out how Maryland schools are preparing for BRAC, visit the Maryland State Department of Education's website. Also, be sure to check out the State of Maryland's website to view the 2007 State of Maryland's BRAC Action Plan and the 2008 Progress Report.