Next two years could bring interesting politics

As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced by Robert Gates, [...]

Richardson blasts Rumsfeld on talk show

By Marlena Hartz Gov. Bill Richardson’s weekend criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will not scar the search for a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to staunch Cannon advocate and Clovis banker Randy Harris. Richardson, interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said there is “deep frustration” within the military, “the Iraqi war [...]

Rumsfeld: BRAC list will save money

Robert Burns: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has advised President Bush that a plan presented to the White House last week for closing 22 major military bases and realigning 33 others will yield large savings, even though fewer bases would be closed than Rumsfeld wanted, a Pentagon official said Monday. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Divorce expensive for some military members

By Tom Philpott An Army officer’s complaint during a Pentagon “town hall” meeting might breathe new life into an issue Congress has ignored for years: a 1982 law that allows state divorce courts to divide military retirement as marital property, jointly earned. The particular “injustice’’ cited by the officer, whose comments caught Defense Secretary Donald [...]

Base-closing to affect all

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The shifting of troops and jobs from the Northeast to the Sunbelt and the West. The consolidation of scores of Reserve and Guard sites across the map. Mergers throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to create super-sized multipurpose bases. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld [...]

Morning to arrive with BRAC list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Local Cannon Air Force Base supporters are reacting positively to details released in Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s press briefing Thursday on Base Realignments and Closures, more commonly known as BRAC. As specifics of the release circled through his dedicated community, Washington Committee member Randy Harris’ hope that Cannon [...]

Cannon supporters relieved by Rumsfeld statement

By Marlena Hartz Far fewer military bases are likely to be closed and realigned than originally foreseen, in part because of the planned shift of tens of thousands of troops from bases in Asia and Europe to the United States, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld said surplus base capacity is not as [...]

Rumsfeld orders air, land and marine forces to gulf

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has odered about 62,000 more US troops to head for the Persian Gulf region in coking days, doubling the size of the force now arrayed on the periphery of Iraq, two senior US officials said Saturday. The movements make clear that the Pentagon intends to have sufficient [...]