Defense Base Closure, A.M. Session

The commission heard testimony on the proposed list of U.S. military base closings announced April 12 by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. The base closings are… read more

The commission heard testimony on the proposed list of U.S. military base closings announced April 12 by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. The base closings are part of the U.S. military’s planned reduction of manpower and expenditures that will result in a 25 percent reduction of personnel by 1996. Secretary Cheney said the closing of U.S. military bases was the most challenging task of his tenure as Secretary of Defense, and the closings were absolutely necessary under the Department of Defense’s financial constraints placed on them by the budget. He said the shift in strategic preparations of the U.S. military due to the end of the Cold War was also part of the reason for the cutback in personnel and the subsequent base closings. Secretary Cheney said any charges of partisanship in the selection of bases to be closed was “goofy,” and mainly financial efficiency was the main criteria for selecting bases to be closed, as the Pentagon estimated total savings would amount to $800 million during the next five years and $1.7 billion per year after the reduction was complete. Asst. Secretary Stone stressed that the Department of Defense did not set out to close bases, but set out to create a new structure for the U.S. military of the 1990's. close

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Defense Base Closure, A.M. Session

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Program ID:
17563-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Public Hearing
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 15, 1991 | 10:03am EDT | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Apr 16, 1991 | 7:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Apr 15, 1991 | 10:03am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 15, 1991 | 8:16pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 16, 1991 | 1:45am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 16, 1991 | 7:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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