Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement following a Thursday afternoon (1/26) Pentagon press conference where Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta further detailed portions of the Administration's Defense Strategy for the 21st Century and the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request:
"We live in difficult economic times, but the bottom line on defense spending must be an unwavering commitment to national security at home and around the globe. We've spent ten years rebuilding our nation's military, and I will not allow short-sighted budget decisions to turn back that progress.
"Moreover, in this austere budget environment, why spend billions of dollars on another BRAC round - a process that has never lived up to its expected savings? It doesn't make sense. Studies from the 2005 BRAC round show 58% less in savings than originally projected, and these facts do not support the argument for an additional round at this time.
"I know the tremendous costs involved in preparing bases and personnel for new missions gained through BRAC. At Naval Air Station Jacksonville, we built new hangers and office buildings costing over $500 million. And, as a senior member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, we funded the entire BRAC 2005 round. Knowing those costs and not seeing the savings promised almost seven years later means now is not the time to experiment with BRAC again."