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Panetta's announcement brings up serious business of base closures

from Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fired a shot heard at every U.S. military facility Jan. 26 when he said base realignments and closures are a possibility in 2013 because of deep budget cuts dictated by the Budget Control Act. The Pentagon won't get to $487 billion in spending cuts over 10 years without looking at infrastructure. And with the Army set to shrink from 560,000 active duty troops to 490,000 by 2017, the Pentagon cannot afford to maintain bases it does not need, Panetta said. more


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