|Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 4):|
The people I fell sorry for the most are those small businesses that have depended upon these military installations and the contributions they have made to the local economies over the years
Data from all base closures since 1990 show that, on average, 85% of the civilian jobs are recovered in 5-10 years, and the local economy is more prosporus within a decade. In San Fransico, for example, the closing of the Presidio base was one of the best things to happen for the city. Austin, Tx converted their closed facility into an airport, and AUS
has contributed more to the economy than the base ever did.
|Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):|
I also wonder how the impact on military relations and recruiting will be. Having many smaller spread out facilities means more contact between themilitary and the public. The presence is much more visible
Excellent point... however, dollars are getting thinner and thinner, so every bit of fat must be trimmed.
|Quoting Lowrider (Reply 7):|
I think they need to seriously consider any remaining bases in Europe. Aside from being a staging area for the Middle East and Western Asia, what purpose do they serve and can we do without some of them?
remove bases from Germany, per the reunification of West/East Germany in the early 1990s. France, in particular, was reluctant to sign-off on the reunification of a nation who had waged two massive wars of aggression in the 20th century. A little abreivated, but the French basically said, were cool with German reunification if the U.S. stays.
How long, and to what extent, the U.S. must keep forces in Germany, I don't know. Germany and France or now best friends (again, in part to the U.S.) so who knows how long it's necessary.