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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Dempsey Makes Case for BRAC

  • February 2, 2012
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As the Pentagon slashes almost a half a trillion dollars in spending through 2021, military installations will need to change accordingly, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday.

“When we talk about balancing the force and our investment in balance, there’s manpower costs, there’s modernization and equipment costs, there’s training and maintenance costs, and then there’s this thing called infrastructure — just those things involved with turning the lights on and off,” Dempsey told a Reserve Officers Association symposium, reported American Forces Press Service.

“We’re going to need to get our infrastructure under control,” he said.

If Congress decides to prevent the department from scaling back its infrastructure, spending cuts will have to come from elsewhere if officials can expect to slash $487 billion from the defense budget, as called for under last August’s agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

“We’ve got to make it clear [to lawmakers], if you withhold my ability to balance this thing, you could create some problems you don’t want to face downstream,” Dempsey said.

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