Analysis: Plan for Marine Corps Buildup on Guam Likely to Change
Many of the variables associated with the existing plan to shift 8,000-plus Marines from Okinawa to Guam — including the cost and who will pay, the timing and the exact scale — likely will be adjusted, according to an analysis published Tuesday in Stars and Stripes.
A host of circumstances are contributing to the expected changes to DOD’s master plan for the military buildup, including the March 11 earthquake in Japan, the U.S. fiscal crisis, and opposition from residents on Okinawa to the plan to move Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab. And last week, three U.S. senators urged DOD to cut the number of Marines stationed on Guam because the plans are “unrealistic, unworkable and unaffordable.”
“No one knows for certain how the buildup plans will change — not Congress, not the Obama administration, not the military,” Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said last week following a conversation with a top Navy official.
The Pentagon is reassessing its realignment plans in the Pacific in the wake of President Obama’s proposal to trim $400 billion from the defense budget by 2023, Calvo added.
This week, Calvo is asking the federal government to foot a $1.2 billion bill for schools, a hospital expansion, a police headquarters and 16 water wells, reported the Pacific Daily News.