Congress to Hold off New Base Closures for Now, Colorado Lawmaker Says

The leadership of the House Armed Services Committee remains opposed to DOD’s request for a new BRAC round, said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R), but Colorado Springs leaders need to be prepared for the prospect that Congress OKs a BRAC at some point.

“It’s an issue that isn’t going away,” Lamborn told local business leaders Monday. “How we respond as a community is a big deal.”

State and regional officials intend to press the case for the Pentagon to expand missions in Colorado through lobbying efforts and an assessment of the military’s economic contribution to the state, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Defense officials say a new round of base closures is needed to shed some of the department’s excess capacity, estimated at 20 percent DOD-wide. With the military facing threats in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia, though, Lamborn and other lawmakers say they’re reluctant to cut bases.

Andy Merritt, who oversees military issues for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, agreed with Lamborn that a new BRAC round isn’t imminent, but said Congress eventually will have to allow additional base closures and realignments, according to the story.

“This reinforces what I was thinking,” Merritt said. “We should always be getting ready.”


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