The Department of Defense is asserting that they have too much infrastructure, reports KOTA News. Across all branches, the department reported an excess of 20 percent in infrastructure and 35 percent for the Air Force. These numbers are part of the reason the Trump Administration is proposing a Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) commission to discuss base closures.
The last commission was 12 years ago, in 2005. Ellsworth Air Force Base has been preparing for this possibility. They have halted encroachment on flight safety areas, expanded the Powder River Training Complex, and had the addition of the Reaper combat missions. Ellsworth is also hoping to be a contender for the next generation bomber that will be in service around 2020. According to the last BRAC commission, western South Dakota would stand to lose more than 6,500 jobs if the base closed.
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