There won't be a new round of military base closures in 2015 if members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have anything to say about it. And, true to form, they have plenty to say about it.
In his new defense budget, released April 10, President
The problem is, Mr. Obama wields a budget ax indiscriminately; moreover, his plan to downsize has high upfront costs, defeating the purpose of closing bases.
The president's BRAC proposal is "dead on arrival," says Sen.
There's a home-grown reason for their resistance, of course: the venerable
The base will need that level of support again if there is a new BRAC round.
Pentagon disregard for the New London base is hard to figure. It makes strategic military sense and its survival is of paramount importance to the economic health of southeast Connecticut.
Americans might feel better about closing military installations here at home if the Pentagon first shuttered some of those expensive bases that have been on foreign soil, enriching foreign economies, for decades.