Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


With spiraling costs in government, the American taxpayer and the Office of Management and Budget have encountered continuing problems in spending. One outcome of such economic hardships, emphasized in this period of peacetime, has been significant budgetary cutbacks in the Department of Defense. Translated through the political heirarchy, these cuts eventually resulted in the closing of many military bases. Regardless of the geographical location, each excessed base posed problems to the respective area and state. Problems arose concerning immediate socio-economic hardships in the region, changes in ownership of the land, and most obviously, future uses of the property.This subject is addressed herein through a case study of the Naval Air Station and the Construction Battalion Center at Quonset Point and Davisville, Rhode Island.