The DMVA is contracting with a team lead by Whitney, Bradley & Brown (WBB) out of Reston, Virginia. Team WBB includes Madison Government Affairs of Washington DC and Summit Economics of Colorado Springs. The task is to provide a “Comprehensive Data-Driven Analysis of the Military Value of Colorado”. The State of Colorado has commissioned this objective, fact-based assessment to better establish and articulate both the current and potential future military value of the State’s role in national security and the economic value of the military establishment to the State. Colorado needs to proactively prepare for a possible BRAC, and Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)must have an Actionable Message that it can quickly deliver to key DOD and federal policymakers before, during and after BRAC deliberations.Team WBB’s data-driven analysis will be this Actionable Message. We anticipate a six month contract.
The RFP that led to this contract originated from the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and their alliance partnerswho sought funding through the State Legislature which was approved and signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper earlier this year. The DMVA will oversee the contract which responds to the outlook for Federal austerity in the coming years and the anticipated impact on the defense budget. The DOD may initiate a new BRAC review in order to divest missions, equipment and infrastructure. This Congressionally-directed process relies on factual data to reach conclusions regarding the “military value” of defense assets.
In every BRAC, there are winners and losers.Closures can devastate communities that derive much of their economic viability from support to a specific installation and mission set. Conversely, consolidation or realignment of missions can bring skilled resources and new military infrastructure that can infuse economic vitality to a region. The data-driven Actionable Message will be completed for all DOD installations in the state including Fort Carson, Buckley Air Force Base, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, the USAFA, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and Greeley National Guard Station and Reserve.