Defense says it may close some facilities if Congress doesn’t approve proposal for more base closing
Source: Wash. Post
Defense Department officials warned a House panel Thursday that if Congress does not approve the Obama administration’s proposal for two new rounds of base closings, the Pentagon will use existing authority to close some facilities.
“Strategic and fiscal imperatives leave the department no alternative — we must close and realign military bases here in the United States,” Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee at a hearing on the request for more Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds.
I realize they are necessary, but the human cost associated with them is often very painful indeed. They're always fraught with emotion--it's hard to be dispassionate when you're ripping the livelihood out from under people, and with brute force changing the nature of local communities.