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Preserving Kirtland Air Force Base

  KAFB Albuquerque, New Mexico


The definition of encroachment from a
2003 Army Corps of Engineers Document
is concise:  Encroachment is any outside activity, law, or pressure that affects the
ability of military forces to train to doctrinal standards or to perform the mission
assigned to the installation. 

There are different types of encroachment issues: these include air and land space restrictions, air quality, water, cultural resources, endangered species habitat, frequency encroachment, urban growth, renewable energy development, and unexploded ordnance. 

Encroachment is probably the most significant issue affecting the future of
military installations. 


Joint Land Use Study

A recently completed Joint Land Use Study, supported by the Kirtland Partnership Committee and involving several of our members in this year-long study, will provide future benefits to both the base and the surrounding community. 

The purpose of a Joint Land Use Study is to anticipate, identify and prevent growth conflicts through joint, cooperative military and community planning.  These actions help protect the installation’s military mission along with the public health, safety, quality of life and community economic stability.  

For further information on the recently completed Joint Land Use Study, see the Mid Region Council of Governments web page,

KAFB Encroachment


Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)

The 2005 BRAC round resulted in a net gain for Kirtland Air Force Base with the move of a critical Space Vehicles unit from Hanscom AFB MA to Kirtland AFB, an action which will be complete in September 2011. This is the Battlespace Environment ("Space Weather") unit of the Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland AFB, an element of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

For additional information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions about BRAC and the 2005 BRAC round, go to

The KPC does not  use the term “BRAC Proofing” which has had some currency in certain community circles during previous BRAC rounds.  The KPC believes there is no such thing as “BRAC Proofing,” and gives as an example the new privatized military family housing on Kirtland Air Force Base, considered as quite possibly the best base housing in the Department of Defense, but the existence of which would have no significant effect on Kirtland AFB’s future status.

Growth is one way of preserving Kirtland AFB. That is, appropriate growth, taking into account current mission categories on base as well as the documented room for physical growth at Kirtland AFB. The current conventional wisdom is that there could well be a BRAC round in 2015. The Obama administration’s request for BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015 were not approved by Congress.


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