Call the Whole Thing Off: You Say BRAC, and I Say... A commission is now voting to shut down or reprieve military installations slated to be closed by the Pentagon. It's an independent panel. Really independent. It's acronym -- BRAC -- shows up on the Pentagon's Web site as Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Sounds right. But BRAC marches to a different drum. It's own Web site translates BRAC in reverse: Base Closure and Realignment Commission.