Referring to the Pentagon’s “vast portfolio,” the report says it operates 542,000 facilities at 5,000 sites on more than 28 million acres.
In the U.S., the Pentagon operates 4,127 sites, including a reserve training center, an ammunition depot and a sprawling Army base. Each site would be reviewed by the military if Congress were to approve a base closure commission.
Choosing to close one base over another could spark a civil war on Capitol Hill, as well as moves to block closure by crafting legislation to deny needed funds.
“If you cannot close installations, the only way to make those draconian cuts is to eliminate people and modernization programs,” he said. “This too will kill jobs, both in the military and in any associated businesses.”