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Base closing recommendations expected Friday

May 11, 2005 Military communities will hear by the end of this week whether their their bases are slated to be closed or realigned, according to sources familiar with the process. The Defense Department is set to announce on Friday how many of the nation's 425 military installations it wants to close or ...

Panel urges overseas base realignment slowdown

May 5, 2005 An independent panel is raising concerns about the Pentagon's plan to reposition military forces around the globe and is suggesting that the overseas realignment of troops and bases be slowed down. "The sequencing and pace of the proposed realignments could harm our ability to meet broader national security and could ...

Pentagon’s base closure list will be hard to challenge

May 3, 2005 Military bases that are spared when the Pentagon submits its base realignment and closure hit list later this month will be able to breathe easier than bases in previous rounds, because it will be harder this time for the independent BRAC Commission to add bases to the Defense Department's list. ...

Study: Northeast, Midwest hit hard by previous base closings

May 2, 2005 The Pentagon should avoid closing military bases and cutting personnel in Northeastern and Midwestern states because those regions already have borne the brunt of previous downsizing, a new report argues. "With increased attention to the military's role in defending the homeland and responding to terrorist threats, it is clear that ...

Defense weighs strategy for releasing base closure list

April 29, 2005 The Defense Department may not give Congress much advance notice about what military bases it wants to realign and close. According to a Defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, lawmakers likely will receive base realignment and closure recommendations about an hour before Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld holds ...

Base closing announcement may come early

April 27, 2005 Politics and a bit of superstition are likely to move up the Pentagon's date for announcing what military bases will be closed or realigned. The list could be announced as early as Tuesday, May 10. Federal law requires the Pentagon to publish the base closure list in the Federal Register ...

Future Combat Zone

April 15, 2005 Six years ago, the Army decided to stake its future on an untested approach to acquiring futuristic weapons in support of a grand theory about the nature of 21st century warfare. The resulting program, known as Future Combat Systems, has turned out to be the most expensive and complex procurement ...

Pentagon faulted for shortage of critical war supplies

April 11, 2005 Poor planning, lagging funding and an ineffective distribution system have led to delays in getting supplies to troops in Iraq, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The agency found the Defense Department spent more than $60 billion supplying troops with 2 million tons of equipment, spare ...

California may fare better in 2005 base closings, report says

April 7, 2005 With more military bases and personnel than any other state, California has much to lose during the upcoming round of base closings, but the state is better positioned than it was in the 1980 and 1990s when it bore the brunt of military downsizing, a new independent report concludes. "Four ...

Army to overhaul future weapons system contract

April 6, 2005 The Army will restructure a contract with Boeing worth more than $120 billion to manage its Future Combat Systems project amid concerns that the deal offered too few protections to the government. "It's not going to change Boeing's role as the lead system integrator at all," Army Secretary Francis Harvey ...