Base-closing commission takes issue with Pentagon plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission approved all but 14 percent of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s recommendations for closing or consolidating U.S. military bases — but it also took issue with the Pentagon in a final report sent to President Bush. The nine-member panel said the Defense Department overestimated savings […]

Senators want bill passed to guarantee mission for Cannon

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve of […]

President, Congress likely to accept BRAC list

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The military base closings that the Pentagon and a commission have recommended are likely to be approved by President Bush and Congress, leaving communities around the country with little hope that targeted facilities will be spared. Bush is now focused on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast rather than […]

Rumsfeld concerned about commission’s decisions

By John J. Lumpkin: The Associated Press FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has reservations about the base closure commission’s decision to spare several high-profile installations, saying the commission focused on the economic impact of some bases instead of their military usefulness. Rumsfeld said he was uncertain whether he would recommend to […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closing lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

BRAC closing list

The Associated Press A look at a federal commission’s decisions on the list of major bases the Pentagon wants to close. The Pentagon defines “major” as facilities whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater. CLOSE (as Pentagon recommended) Alaska: —Kulis Air Guard Station (closure was conditioned on there being enough federal money to […]

How New Mexico fared

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base: Commissioners turned down the Pentagon’s recommendation to close Cannon, voting instead to dissolve its fighter wing and send its F-16s elsewhere while leaving the base open as an enclave. The action would leave an unspecified reduced force at the base while the Pentagon searches for a new use […]

BRAC Analysis

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the Army, […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept Defense […]

Cannon survives … for now

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal panel voted Friday to accept the Pentagon’s recommendation to send Cannon Air Force Base’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere — but stopped short of closing Cannon. Instead, the commission voted 6-1, with two abstentions, to turn it into an enclave, keeping the eastern New Mexico base open in […]

Commissioners keep some bases open despite Pentagon’s wishes

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first of at least two days of meetings, the base-closing panel […]

Governor: Cannon has “less than 50-50″ chance

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Governor: Cannon has ‘less than 50-50″ chance

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Congressmen want to slow down BRAC process

The Associated Press New Mexico’s two senators want to halt the base realignment and closure process at least until the Pentagon completes a defense review and most of the major combat units return from deployment in Iraq. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced Thursday they are sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal […]

Richardson plans meeting with pair of commissioners

Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a […]

Pentagon says Cannon has little to offer Air Force

By Marlena Hartz Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live ordnance. Defense Department […]

Principi letter questions BRAC choices

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

Commission to look at data, hard facts

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out by […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

No other closure would have its economy hit harder

By Heather Wilson: PNT guest columnist Editor’s note: During her June 3 visit to Clovis to discuss Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., made the following points about the situation, including what little data the Pentagon had released at the time that supported its […]