THE DAILY FED
Cohen to Close Bases
Defense Secretary William Cohen will seek two additional rounds of base closings in the next four years to free up money for weapons purchases, the Associated Press reported today.
Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said that though the four previous rounds of base closings, during which 97 major bases were closed, saved $14 billion, the department's base support structure has been reduced by only 18 percent, compared with a 33 percent reduction in military personnel.
"Reductions in base infrastructure have not kept up" with reductions in personnel and other areas, Bacon said.
Bacon acknowledged that base closings are unpopular on Capitol Hill,