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Congress Spurns Pentagon Call for New Base Closures
Posted By Jason Ditz On April 17, 2016 @ 5:46 pm In News | 2 Comments
For years, the Pentagon has been pushing for a new round of domestic base closures, arguing that several
sites within the US serve no military purpose and cost a lot of money to keep open. Congress has shot them
down every time.
The latest Pentagon report, however, warns that the growing overseas deployments and shrinking number of
troops as the budget priorities switch to weaponry are making this even more glaring, and that by 2019, 22% of
US bases will be “excess,” including fully 33% of all US Army bases.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work is pushing again for closures, noting that the “savings” from having the
bases down to a skeleton crew are much smaller than they could realize if they were allowed to close the bases
outright. As usual, Congress seems unlikely to go along.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R – TX), the House Armed Services chair, insists that the new report doesn’t justify base
closures, and insists “no one believes” the 2019 projections anyhow, and that “it makes no sense” to believe
the military will ever get that small.
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