|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:54:23 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: "Closing military bases: Common ground on the wrong front"|
[Now is the time for Congress, the Defense Department, and environmental regulators to work together to ensure that closed bases can be productively reused promptly when their military missions end. In my view, major closures are inevitable. - LS] Closing military bases: Common ground on the wrong front By Walter Pincus Washington Post March 18, 2013 There is bipartisanship in Congress! House Republicans and Democrats agree they are not going to let the Obama White House cut defense spending by permitting any more reduction in excess military facilities. Fact: Nine years ago, the Air Force found more than 20 percent of its infrastructure was excess. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) made a cut of less than 1 percent. Since then, Air Force personnel have been cut by about 48,000 and the number of aircraft has dropped by 500. That’s similar to 10 bases, says one defense expert. The Air Force needs to save more money, so it is seeking a new BRAC. But Congress must approve it. … For the entire column, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/common-ground-on-the-wrong-front/2013/03/18/0d35f812-8da5-11e2-9838-d62f083ba93f_story.html You may need to copy and paste the link. -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 LSiegel@cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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