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According to BRACC documentation, the Air Force used data from the 1992-1993 time period to arrive at this conclusion regarding REDCAP and the 1992-1994 period for AFEWES.
Similarly, Air Force responses to BRACC questions regarding REDCAP and AFEWES indicate that the Air Force may not understand the ability of Edwards to receive the equipment.
Following that study, the Test and Evaluation Joint Cross Services Group, which recently studied the DOD ECDT&E consolidation issue for the BRACC, reached the same conclusion.
Sources close to the two facilities, citing itemized estimates, contend that it would cost $66.7 million to move AFEWES, rather than the $5.8 million estimated by the DOD BRACC recommendations, and at least $13.8 million to move REDCAP - not $1.7 million.
Worth, TX) was not contacted by Air Force officials to determine the cost of moving AFEWES until March 22, three weeks after the DOD submitted its BRACC recommendations.
An April Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on the DOD BRACC recommendations reached a similar conclusion about many Air Force cost estimates.
Congressional sources suspicious of Air Force intentions also indicated that under the current BRACC system, military value and operational cost savings are the major criteria by which the DOD recommendations are judged.
With regard to REDCAP and AFEWES, the DOD recommendations make no provision to move any contractor jobs currently at these sites to Edwards, since the BRACC concerns itself only with government positions.
Finally, critics contend that if the DOD recommendations are approved by the BRACC and President Clinton, the plan would put Congress in a "Catch 22." Specifically, a FY95 Senate Appropriations Committee Report has directed the Air Force to study electronic networking solutions prior to consolidating any HITL simulation facilities.
The potential conflict between the BRACC and congressional mandates is a subject of debate.
However, according to knowledgeable congressional sources contacted by JED, if the BRACC legislation were passed with the DOD recommendations, the legislation would take precedence over the mandates, since the BRACC is an actual bill rather than a committee mandate.
At press time, the executive board of the BRACC was scheduled to meet with GAO and DOD officials to specifically address test and evaluation issues.