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American Military Base Closures – Part II: Defense on the Defensive


There is widespread scepticism on Capitol Hill that the Pentagon’s troop realignment plans will significantly improve the military’s ability to respond to global crises.

This is a sequel to an analysis in the June 2005 Newsbrief on US military base closures. On 8 September, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission will present its analysis of the Department of Defense’s plans to close or scale down scores of domestic and overseas military bases. As judgement day approaches, there are growing expectations of a severely critical report, representing a serious political setback for the Secretary of Defense. The base closure plans

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