Webb Fights For Joint Forces Command
In Washington, Virginia Senator Jim Webb says Virginia has been "stonewalled” by the Pentagon nearly two months after Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the closing of the Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads. Charles Fishburne reports.
Senator Webb is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and directed his complaint at three Defense Department officials who appeared before the committee yesterday, to defend their proposed billion-dollar reduction that would close the Virginia Command Center.
Lynn: We think we will be able to save a substantial portion of that billion dollars.
Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn.
Lynn: The process now is to determine which elements, which centers and so on, of the Joint Forces Command we want to keep and where we want to keep them.
Senator Webb complained that they were left out of the process, that Lynn called him only 15 minutes before the announcement to tell him the Department of Defense planned to close the Norfolk-based command, which amounts to 6300 jobs and 988 million spent in Virginia every year, and that DOD continued to stonewall him, Virginia’s Congressional delegation and the Governor, all of whom are fighting to keep the command. President Obama has not yet signed off on the plan.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News