Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today to discuss a possible new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and to stress the prudent use of our defense dollars which prioritize the war fighter.
"My discussion with the Defense Secretary was an opportunity to make him aware of my concerns regarding further cuts to military facilities across the country," said Hartzler. "The 2005 BRAC cost $39 billion and it won't break even in cost savings until 2018. With our nation's limited defense dollars and emerging serious threats around the world, now is not the time to subject our communities and our country to a lengthy BRAC process."
"I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have this open discussion with Secretary Panetta," added Hartzler. "While we are a long way from any decisions that might be made on the future of facilities throughout the country, it was important for me to make known my concerns to the Defense Secretary and I am pleased that he was receptive to what I had to say."
Congresswoman Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, will host a BRAC roundtable next week in Jefferson City to bring together stakeholders, including Members of Congress, to share their ideas regarding a possible BRAC and how Missouri can strengthen its voice for national defense.