BRAC panel bucks Pentagon

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BRAC commissioners review paperwork at Wednesday’s hearing. (AP photo) By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first […]

State officials argue savings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Rumsfeld predicts approval for much of base-closing plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted Tuesday that a federal commission will endorse “the overwhelming majority” of his proposals to close, shrink or expand hundreds of military bases across the country. For its part, the nine-member panel has promised not to rubber-stamp the Pentagon chief’s plan, and commissioners […]

Pentagon seeks to ease concerns of BRAC panel

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials said Saturday in their final appearance before the commission reviewing their plan to close or scale back military bases that the changes do not overestimate savings and would strengthen national security. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s representatives sought to ease concerns of the nine-member panel […]

Intelligence failure not fully explained by 9/11 report

Freedom Newspaper There is probably still more that we don’t know than we do about the likelihood that a military intelligence unit identified 9/11 highjacker Mohammed Atta a year or so before the World Trade Center was attacked. but didn’t pass on the information to the FBI. What we think we know now is likely […]

Justice Department: Pentagon doesn’t need governors’ OK

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is siding with the Pentagon in a dispute with some states, concluding that governors’ consent isn’t needed for the military to move Air National Guard units. The Pentagon’s proposal to close or reduce about 30 Air Guard units has emerged as the most contentious issue facing the […]

Defense policy showdown on its way

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House and Republican Senate leaders are rumbling toward a defense showdown with their GOP rank and file that could embarrass President Bush and take a rare wartime slap at Pentagon authority. When the Senate returns this fall and resumes debate on a defense bill, several […]

Showdown on detainees, bases delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Tuesday delayed potential showdowns with the White House over terrorism detainees and closing U.S. military bases after the Republican-run chamber failed to sidetrack amendments on the two contentious issues. The Tennessee Republican’s decision to put off until fall further consideration of […]

Governor, others to meet with BRAC commissioners

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a press release from Richardson’s office said. “I have made a commitment to meet face-to-face with all the commissioners […]

Pentagon defends base assessment

by Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live […]

DoD: Keeping Cannon scenario not considered

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, in a letter to the commission reviewing Pentagon’s list of recommended base closings, defended its decision to close Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said in his letter Thursday that Cannon, near Clovis, was too limited in space and […]

Rep. Pearce: Research lab move could be costly

The Associated Press WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE — The Pentagon’s recommendation to move the Army Research Laboratory from White Sands Missile Range to Maryland could prove costly, Rep. Steve Pearce said. “I think it’s going to create a higher operating expense rather than a neutral one,” Pearce, R-N.M., said. The laboratory was on the Pentagon’s […]

Panel reveals more bases it’s considering for closure

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Military bases in Hawaii and California are among several a commission is considering adding to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s list of proposed closures. In a letter sent Friday to the Pentagon chief, commission Chairman Anthony Principi identified additional bases the commission may recommend closing and seeks […]

BRAC chairman questions Cannon AFB closure

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

Nevada wins commissioner’s promise to tour depot

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press Nevada’s political leaders got a welcome surprise on their trip to New Mexico: a commissioner’s commitment to visit the Army Ammunition Depot near Hawthorne. Base Realignment and Closure Commissioner Philip Coyle told Gov. Kenny Guinn along with six others that he’d arrange for a visit to the threatened depot […]

Commission visit to be strictly business

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out […]

Richardson to meet with commissioner in Los Angeles

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson planned to meet Sunday in Los Angeles with Base Realignment and Closure Commission member Philip Coyle. Hanson Scott, director of the state Office of Military Base Closing and Support, will accompany Richardson. The governor has been trying to meet with all nine members of BRAC, the […]

Pentagon responds to Senate subpoena

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, under subpoena from a Senate committee, has provided enough information on the military base closing process to satisfy Senate leaders, so no further legal action will be taken, senators said Friday. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in a letter to […]

Base supporters like reception in Washington

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said […]

Cannon deserves second look from BRAC

By Heather Wilson: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: During her June 3 visit to Clovis to discuss Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., made the following points about the situation, including what little data the Pentagon had released at the time that supported its decision […]