Keep Closing Those Bases

January 15, 1997

Keep Closing Those Bases

A Congressional Budget Office study has concluded that further closings of military bases could bring defense drawdown savings to more than $50 billion over the next 20 years, Federal Times reported this week.

The CBO report recommended another round of base closings once the 97 bases now unwinding their operations are fully shut down. Half of those bases have already closed and the other half will close in the next four years.

Defense Department officials are looking for ways to free up funds for weapons modernization, though base closures may not be as lucrative as once imagined.

The report says that DoD may have saved less than $1 billion so far because of the many costs incurred during the closure process, including environmental cleanup and ordnance removal. DoD overestimated how much money it would bring in by closing some of its bases, the report also found.

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