Started by quiller, June 25, 2017, 12:37:16 AM
QuoteThe Pentagon has been insistent that another round of BRAC is necessary, and says it will have more than 22 percent excess infrastructure by 2019. The Army carries the greatest excess overhead at 33 percent, and the Air Force has 32 percent, according to a recent Pentagon review. The Navy and Marine Corps overage is at 7 percent.In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 13, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a "properly focused base closure effort" could generate $2 billion or more annually – enough, over a five-year period, to buy 300 Apache attack helicopters, 120 F/A-18 Super Hornets or four Virginia-class submarines.
Quote"It is understandable that discussions about closing military facilities can be controversial," said the letter, signed by 45 experts from think tanks including Cato Institute, Center for American Progress, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Center for a New American Security, Brookings Institution and Concerned Veterans for America."To be sure, the closing of a military base is disruptive to surrounding communities," it said. "Evidence shows, however, that most communities recover and some do quite rapidly."
Quote from: Solar on June 25, 2017, 12:55:07 AMI saw this some time ago and had to wonder, when was the last time a govt entity looked for a way to shrink its fingerprint?
Quote from: quiller on June 25, 2017, 01:19:46 AMWell, I'd have to dig up the final BRAC report for the 2005 rounds, but I'd suspect about 5% of all facilities considered excess were actually closed, thanks to the same leftist pols crying crocodile tears (as mentioned above).One of my favorite personal anecdotes involves the base at Sanford, Florida (now the site of Sanford International, the hub for overseas flights into the Orlando area). In the late 1960s when I got there, it was a run-down World War II construction with zero modern amenities except for the runway and apron maintenance.Then Turner Air Force Base shut down because the Chair Force decided it was substandard. The Sanford air base closed, relocating several thousand members of the air squadrons and their families. It was heaven on earth compared to what we'd had, so I for one have 100% total lack of sympathy for the Chair Force and their overage of facilities.