Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today issued the following statement after Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended the elimination of the Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in Norfolk:
"In an increasingly dangerous world, the mission of the Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) is essential to ensuring the unified efforts of our various military branches to win today's wars while preparing for future contingencies. Closing JFCOM would compromise its vital national defense mission and jeopardize the joint ability of our Armed Forces to combat the growing threats of nuclear proliferation and global terrorism.
"While I firmly believe we must continue to work together to find ways to cut wasteful spending and reduce government inefficiencies, any move to eliminate an entire combatant command should be subject to the heaviest scrutiny, including an accurate cost-benefit analysis and a review of the impact on our national security. In fact, it might be more effective to enlist JFCOM in the effort to reduce redundancies across the military instead of eliminating it."