2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 28 Mar 2005 22:01:15 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Lobbyists and BRAC
Lobbyists work base-closing issue; effectiveness unclear 

By Amy Klamper (Congress Daily)
Government Executive
March 28, 2005

As the Pentagon prepares its 2005 base closure list, communities across
the country are pouring millions of dollars into the pockets of
lobbyists and consultants to shield hometown bases. But some defense
analysts wonder how much influence these hired guns ultimately have over
the Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

For the past year, delegations have increasingly sought precious face
time with Defense Department officials to plead their case, but defense
analysts say the impact lobbyists and other base advocates have is unclear.

"Service officials and others in the Defense Department may meet with
lobbyists or consultants as a courtesy, but as far as the Pentagon's own
decision-making process goes, it is completely closed," said Christopher
Hellman, director of the project on military spending oversight at the
Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.


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Lenny Siegel
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