Concern has focused on two installations in particular: Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.We hope so.
The L.A. Air Force Base houses the Space and Missile Systems Center, which designs and procures the military's satellite systems. Colorado Springs, Colo., home of the Air Force's space operations headquarters, has been making a play for the facility, but the L.A. base's neighbors have spent nearly $1 million on a lobbying effort to keep the base. They argue that the scientists who work there wouldn't move to Colorado.
Officials in Monterey are facing rumors that the military wants to do away with the Naval Postgraduate School altogether and send the 1,500 officers who make up its student body to civilian universities or broaden the curriculum at another military school to make up for it.
The officials are making the case that unique research is happening at the school and it's actually more cost-efficient to educate students there than elsewhere.
"The show isn't over until it's over," Deputy City Manager Fred Cohn said.
California lost more than two dozen major bases in the four previous BRAC rounds - a disproportionate hit that accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total cuts nationwide, according to a report by the California Council on Base Support and Retention, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
State officials say that in past rounds, the state didn't put up a united front in defense of its bases. This time around, the state's congressional delegation has been unified on the effort, and the council Schwarzenegger appointed was the first-such effort by the state.
"I think we've made a strong case for California," said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine. "I think the Pentagon understands it, and I think we're going to do well in this round."
Monday, May 09, 2005
BRAC With a Vengence
Something to watch: Pentagon recommendations on base closures expected this week: