- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 21, 2002

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wants the next round of military base closures, in 2005, to cut as much surplus as the previous four rounds combined, a senior aide said yesterday.
Raymond DuBois, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, gave no specific figures and stressed that no military bases would be exempted in advance from closure.
"All installations are on the table," he told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. "All installations are going to be judged equally."
In the previous four rounds in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995 the Pentagon picked 97 major domestic bases for closure, 55 major bases for realignment and 235 minor installations either to be closed or realigned.
Mr. DuBois said all senior military and civilian leaders in the Pentagon would have a voice in recommending which bases are closed or realigned. He said this was a cumbersome but necessary approach.
Mr. DuBois said the decisions will be particularly difficult this time because of the intended scale of reductions and because the Pentagon will also attempt to consolidate forces from more than one service on the same bases.
He estimated that the 2005 base closings will cost the Pentagon $10 billion to $20 billion over four to six years. That includes the cost of repairing environmental damage. By 2011, however, the savings should exceed the costs, and for every year beyond 2011 the Pentagon will have a net saving of $6.5 billion, he said.
The secretary of defense must submit to a Base Closure and Realignment Commission his list of recommended closings and realignments by May 16, 2005. The commission must submit its decisions to the president by Sept. 8, 2005.

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