Goldsmith: Midlands military bases remain in danger, BRAC or not

Opinion Columns, The State Newspaper | June 13, 2013

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Columbia, S.C. – Recent speculation that Congress won’t authorize a new round of military base closings until 2017 has led several local and community officials to believe that our military bases are safe until then, when in reality the impacts of sequestration are already being felt within our local military community.

Congress’s refusal to authorize a new Base Realignment and Closure Commission does nothing to delay the $1.2 trillion in forced reductions that are resulting from sequestration and the debt-ceiling agreement. And even if Congress reaches an agreement to reverse the effects of sequestration, the Defense Department still must reduce costs by at least $490 billion and possibly as much as $800 billion.

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