Base Closures

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to announce his recommendations in the latest round of military base closures tomorrow and officials in California are anxious.

In the previous three rounds, 30 percent of the facilities that were closed were located in the state.

Leon Panetta, the former White House Chief of Staff who co-chairs the California Council on Base Support and Retention, says officials learned from past mistakes. They've been working together more closely to try to save their bases and they've been offering the military incentives, such as housing, to hold on to their facilities.

Panetta says the Los Angeles Air Force Base is most likely in jeopardy.

He says the military is second only to tourism in the money it generates for the California economy.

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