Northwest Florida Officials Brace for Potential Cutbacks
While it is far from clear whether DOD ultimately will suffer $500 billion in further spending cuts following the failure of the congressional debt supercommittee to strike a deficit reduction deal, the Pensacola News Journal considered how cutbacks of that magnitude could affect installations in Northwest Florida.
Eglin Air Force Base is the largest potential target, according to the story, with the worst-case scenario involving a realignment of the Air Armament Center, which is responsible for developing and testing the service’s air-delivered weapons. The fear is that the activity could be moved to Edwards AFB, Calif., which will oversee the center under a restructuring recently unveiled by the Air Force.
“As resources get tight, there’s going to be further consolidation,” Jim Breitenfeld, manager of the Okaloosa County Defense Support Initiative, told the paper.