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State officials to propose dispersing Air Guard more widely

July 19, 2005 Adjutants general from around the country will meet in Washington Friday to propose an alternative to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's plan to ground 23 Air Guard units around the country. The meeting is intended to serve as a "starting point" for discussions with the Air Force and the independent Defense...

Overseas panel, Pentagon fail to resolve cost differences over moving personnel

July 19, 2005 Members of the Overseas Base Commission and Pentagon policy officials Monday failed to resolve vast differences in cost estimates and other lingering uncertainties associated with moving tens of thousands of military personnel out of Europe, Korea and elsewhere around the globe. The independent panel and the Defense officials were unable...

BRAC commission lawyer: States must approve Guard changes

July 15, 2005 A lawyer for the Base Realignment and Closure commission says the Defense Department's plans to strip all planes from 23 Air Guard units around the country might be unconstitutional. The argument, outlined in a document dated Thursday and obtained by CongressDaily, comes as the legal debate is heating up over...

DoD, panel set date to discuss overseas troop relocation

July 14, 2005 Defense Department policy officials and the independent Overseas Base Commission will meet July 18 to discuss the cost of moving 70,000 troops from installations in Europe, the Korean peninsula and elsewhere. Cost figures for the massive relocation vary widely -- from the $4 billion the Pentagon plans to budget through...

Cost of moving overseas bases elusive

July 14, 2005 Nearly a year after President Bush announced plans to move some 70,000 troops out of Europe, the Korean peninsula and elsewhere, military officials still are still not sure how much the relocation would cost. Some calculate the potential bottom line at $4 billion to $25 billion over six years. The...

Subcommittee raps space program costs, delays

July 13, 2005 Lawmakers Tuesday criticized growing price tags and lengthy schedule delays for major space programs, quizzing Pentagon officials about how to keep costs down and deliver weapons systems on time. Members of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee said they were concerned that repeated issues with key space programs were...

Hawaiian lawmakers urge base-closing commission to forget Pearl Harbor

July 12, 2005 As the deadline looms for the independent Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission to submit its recommendations to the White House, a debate is emerging about whether Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard's prime location in the Pacific is enough to protect the base from closing. Initially spared in this base closure...

Senators question Pentagon's reasoning for base closings

July 7, 2005 BOSTON -- Closing Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, as recommended by the Pentagon, would set off a "regional recession" in Maine and neighboring New Hampshire, devastating local economies and putting more than 4,500 highly trained employees out of work, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, told the independent Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission...

Connecticut officials question savings for base closure

July 6, 2005 BOSTON -- Several busloads of Connecticut naval workers stormed rainy Boston Wednesday, presenting a unified front against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's recommendation to shutter the massive New London Submarine Base. They were joined by state lawmakers and the Connecticut congressional delegation, which defended New London this morning before five members...

Pentagon base-closing budget will fall short of upfront costs

July 1, 2005 Pentagon officials intend to set aside more than $13 billion to cover the upfront cost of base closures over the next several years, but that pot of money will be far short of the total price tag, forcing the services to raid their budget plans to pay for additional costs....

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