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Congress Fighting Base Closures Despite Cost Savings

Congress is refusing to allow the Pentagon to save money by closing unnecessary bases and facilities, according to an article in Government Executive.

The Pentagon wants to assess its facilities through the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) process. The last BRAC round ended up costing $14 billion more than the $21 billion estimated cost, but now it is saving the government between $4 billion and $5 billion a year.

The article quoted POGO’s Winslow Wheeler on the possibility of a future BRAC round.

“Congress can run from BRAC, but it cannot hide,” said Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information with the Project On Government Oversight. “The selfish and the self-aggrandizing on the Hill will succeed on BRAC this year and proclaim proudly that they beat it down -- thereby diverting funds needed for readiness to protect pork. But as the future unfolds, excess bases will be closed one way or another,” he said in an email. “BRAC is not the only way of doing it; clearly, the era when we could expect Congress to face reality through the BRAC process is long gone.”

Read more at Government Executive.

By: Andre Francisco
Former Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco At the time of publication, Andre Francisco was the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Department of Defense (DOD), Waste

Authors: Andre Francisco

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