Should We Pull the Military Out… of New England?
The BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Commission may veto some of the Pentagon’s proposed base closures, and may mark others — that weren’t on the list to begin with — for closure.
One commissioner wonders if pulling out of New England is the greatest idea.
The hardest-hit region is New England, which stands to see the closure of the New London Submarine Base in Connecticut, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine and Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts. Maine’s Brunswick Naval Air station also would lose all of its maritime patrol aircraft and 2,420 jobs.
Commission Chairman Anthony Principi, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has repeatedly expressed concern that the military is pulling out of New England entirely and questioned the strategic wisdom of leaving no presence in the region.