The Associated Press reported Friday that the Pentagon’s 2005 base closure list which could be available as soon as May 13 may not be as extensive as first thought.
While Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld earlier spoke of cutting 25 percent of base capacity to save money, he is now talking about a goal of 10 to 12 percent, according to the AP account. Rumsfeld made the comments in a conference call to newspaper editorial writers Thursday; his comments could not be independently verified.
The Pentagon has a May 16 deadline to release its base closure list, though the list could be available May 13.
San Diego leaders are most concerned about losing the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, certain facilities of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, known as Spawar, and the Naval Air Depot North Island. The latter is not the entire North Island air station but a base tenant that conducts heavy repairs on Navy aircraft.
The Pentagon has the option of closing facilities or moving them elsewhere.
Once the Pentagon releases its base closure list, an independent base closure commission will hold hearings. The commission has the option of modifying the list.
Once the commission makes its changes, President Bush and Congress must then accept the list as-is, or reject the entire list.