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The Disposition of the Presidio presents a research study about a major crisis precipitated by the Department of Defense action, under a Congressional mandate for base closure. The Presidio of San Francisco fell under this mandate when it was orderedMoreThe Disposition of the Presidio presents a research study about a major crisis precipitated by the Department of Defense action, under a Congressional mandate for base closure. The Presidio of San Francisco fell under this mandate when it was ordered to discontinue the Sixth US Army headquarters and close the historical Presidio of San Francisco as a military installation. The study analyzes and reviews the political pressures under which administrative decisions were made and determines whether the base closure was successful in realizing the goals and objectives of the Congressional Act. The actual outcome was based on political decisions regardless of the impact on the local military and civil authorities.The study also addresses the socioeconomic and political implications associated with the Base Closure and Realignment Act (BRAC) of 1988. Since 1988, the main thrust of the Act has been to test the efficacy of the DOD in its ability to manage sweeping changes. That is, the degree that the DOD could implement efficiency and effectiveness in relocating single-mission operations of a military installation to a multiple use base was tested.The study finally examines the policy innovations that were implemented to enhance cleanup while closing military bases in California, and considers their application to other aspects of the DODs program and the national discussion regarding hazardous waste policy.In the analysis, the study identifies results that the DOD eventually accomplished, and analyzes the outcome in terms of economic and functional reality. That is, the significance of a major crisis frequently precipitated by decisions (based on economic and political pressure) that resulted in dysfunctional administrative choices.