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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Pentagon’s New Budget Could Hold Surprises for Texas

  • January 18, 2012
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As one of the top recipients of DOD expenditures and the home of 225,000 active duty military personnel, reservists, National Guard troops and civilian employees, Texas has a lot at stake as the Pentagon translates its new strategic guidance into the dollars and cents of a long-term spending plan.

The state’s two giant Army posts, Forts Bliss and Hood, can be expected to remain vital installations as they offer ample space for training and a track record for rapid deployment of forces, reports the Houston Chronicle. The installations could be affected by the military’s emphasis on the Asia Pacific, however, a move that will be led by the Navy and Air Force. The Texas National Guard could benefit from the new guidance, as the military shifts some of its capabilities from active duty forces.

Weapons manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE systems and Boeing, are bracing for major budget cuts as DOD looks for almost $500 billion in savings over the next decade.

“There’s repositioning going on that could be good or bad for Texas,” Rep. Gene Green (D) told the paper. “The jury’s still out.”

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