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 […]