PALLONE & HOLT REACT TO PENTAGON'S FORT MONMOUTH REPORT
Washington, D.C. --- U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) issued the following joint statement today in reaction to a required report from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on the effects of the closure of Fort Monmouth. (REPORT IS ATTACHED.)
According to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations "The Secretary of Defense shall submit a report to Congressional Committees of Jurisdiction that movement of organizations, functions, or activities from Fort Monmouth to Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) will be accomplished without disruption of their support to the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) or other critical contingency operations and that safeguards exist to ensure that necessary redundant capabilities are put in place to mitigate potential degradation of such support, and to ensure maximum retention of critical workforce."
"The report confirms what we said for nearly three years---closing Fort Monmouth and breaking up its workforce carries real-world risks for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It is no surprise that the Army says it can accomplish CECOM's functions by moving to Aberdeen. But, the report doesn't explain how. Instead, it highlights the real difficulties of obtaining a replacement workforce and replicating the infrastructure. It hints at the huge additional costs involved. Most importantly, the report stresses the harm to the troops if everything does not go exactly as planned. It's a prescription for the destruction of the Army's communications and electronics functions at a time when they are crucial to the battlefield.
"The Army and DoD should take no further steps in the proposed move until the Congress and the Government Accountability Office have had the opportunity to evaluate this report and hold oversight hearings with Army and DoD officials."