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Fort Bragg Cannot Afford Four More Years Of Obama-Era Defense Cuts

- August 16, 2016

TODAY, TIM KAINE WILL ATTEND A CAMPAIGN EVENT IN FAYETTEVILLE, LESS THAN 15 MILES FROM FORT BRAGG

Today, Tim Kaine Will Appear At A Campaign Event In Fayetteville, 14 Miles From Fort Bragg. "Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, will appear Tuesday in Fayetteville at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden." (Gerald Herbert, "VP Nominee Tim Kaine To Speak At Fayetteville's Cape Fear Botanical Garden," Fay Observer , 8/15/16)

fort bragg has suffered from budget cuts and downsizing as a direct result of obama's efforts to reduce the size of the ARMY

Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Deputy Chief Of Staff Of The Department Of The Army, Said That "Budget Constraints Are Forcing Us To Reduce The Total Army." "'Budget constraints are forcing us to reduce the total Army,' said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7." (Drew Brooks, "Fort Bragg Avoids Deep Cuts; Will Lose 842 Soldiers," Fay Observer , 7/9/15)

Obama's Efforts To Cut Back On Defense Spending Were The Cause Of This Total Reduction Of The Army, Despite An International Security Environment That Is Becoming Increasingly More Dangerous

The Washington Times Headline: "U.S. Military Decimated Under Obama, Only 'Marginally Able' To Defend Nation." (Rowan Scarborough, "U.S. Military Decimated Under Obama, Only 'Marginally Able' To Defend Nation," The Washington Times, 2/24/15)

  • "With Islamic State, Iran, Russia And China On The March, It Is Doubtful That America Can Afford A Lightweight Military For Long." "He may find, however, as Jimmy Carter did in 1980, that his policies so exacerbate global problems that he must do a late about-face. With Islamic State, Iran, Russia and China on the march, it is doubtful that America can afford a lightweight military for long." (Mark Moyar, "How Obama Shrank The Military," The Wall Street Journal, 8/2/15)

"Though President Obama Denounced Sequestration, His Actions Suggest That At The Very Least He Was Comfortable With Its Gutting Of The Defense Budget." "Though President Obama denounced sequestration, his actions suggest that at the very least he was comfortable with its gutting of the defense budget. During the 2011 negotiations the White House had already begun work on a new national-security strategy to accommodate drastic defense cuts. The Defense Strategic Guidance of 2012 proclaimed that the U.S. could afford to draw down the military because the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were ending and al Qaeda was on the run." (Mark Moyar, "How Obama Shrank The Military," The Wall Street Journal, 8/2/15)

  • "The Allocation Of Half The Sequestration Cuts To Defense, At A Time When It Accounted For Only About 20 Percent Of Spending, Was Also President Obama's Handiwork." "The allocation of half the sequestration cuts to defense, at a time when it accounted for only about 20% of spending, was also President Obama's handiwork. In his memoir 'Duty,' then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes that in spring 2011 the president promised that military cuts would amount to perhaps one dollar for every $10 of domestic cuts. But in subsequent negotiations, Mr. Obama stipulated that half of the $1.2 trillion in sequestration cuts come from defense." (Mark Moyar, "How Obama Shrank The Military," The Wall Street Journal, 8/2/15)

Fort Bragg Eliminated 842 Military Positions Due To Obama's Defense Cuts

Personnel Cuts At Fort Bragg Were The 8th Highest Of All Downsized Bases. (Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., "Army Cuts Hit Alaska, Georgia, Texas Hardest," Breaking Defense, 7/9/15)

  • The Loss Of 842 Troops From Fort Bragg Was A Two Percent Decrease In Manpower. (Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., "Army Cuts Hit Alaska, Georgia, Texas Hardest,"Breaking Defense, 7/9/15)

Army Downsizing Led To The Elimination Of 842 Military Positions At Fort Bragg In Addition To Civilian Jobs In 2015. "A downsizing effort by the Army will eliminate 842 military positions at Fort Bragg and an unspecified number of civilian jobs, George Breece, a member of the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission, said Thursday." ("Hundreds Of Fort Bragg Troops Cut In Army Downsizing," WRAL, 7/9/15)

  • These Layoffs Represent A 3 Percent Decrease In Active Troop Numbers Since Pre-9/11 Levels. "Fort Bragg has nearly 65,000 active-duty soldiers and reservists. Following the changes, the 38,800 active troops on post will be down about 3 percent from pre-9/11 levels, officials said." ("Hundreds Of Fort Bragg Troops Cut In Army Downsizing," WRAL, 7/9/15)
  • "After The Downsizing, Fort Bragg Will Account For 8.6 Percent Of The Total Army Force." ("Hundreds Of Fort Bragg Troops Cut In Army Downsizing," WRAL, 7/9/15)

Around 50 Employees Were Also Impacted By The Budget Cut. "Escalante said an estimated 35 employees will be impacted by the cuts within Semper Fit, but fewer than 50 employees overall are expected to be impacted by the budget cut." (Adelina Colbert, "MCCS To Experience Layoffs, Reductions In Services," The Daily News, 11/1/14)

These Post Eliminations Do Not Take Into Account Over 1,400 Jobs That Could Still Be Eliminated Nor The Threat Of Further Reductions Posed By Continued Budget Difficulties

These Cuts Do Not Take Into Account The Potential Deactivation Of The 440th Airlift Wing, Which Would Eliminate More Than 1,400 Jobs At Fort Bragg. "The Air Force has announced plans to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing, based at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg as part of its downsizing. Members of North Carolina's congressional delegation are fighting the proposed move, which would eliminate more than 1,400 jobs." ("Hundreds Of Fort Bragg Troops Cut In Army Downsizing," WRAL, 7/9/15)

"Further Federal Budget Difficulties Could Bring More Sequestration Cuts To Fort Bragg By 2019. "Further federal budget difficulties could bring more sequestration cuts to Fort Bragg by 2019, however. 'We have to work with our members of the Senate and House to get them to not go back to those bad days,' Breece said. 'We need to see sequestration in the rearview mirror, not the mirror looking forward.'" ("Hundreds Of Fort Bragg Troops Cut In Army Downsizing," WRAL, 7/9/15)

Initial Analysis By Army Officials Of Obama's Defense Spending Proposals Predicted That His Defense Cuts Could Result In Thousands Of Personnel Reductions At Fort Bragg

The U.S. Army Environmental Command Assessed That Fort Bragg Could Lose 16,000 Military And Civilian Jobs As A Result Of Obama's Proposed Defense Cuts. "Fort Bragg could lose 16,000 military and civilian jobs in the next six years under a new projection of the impact of the shrinking defense budget." ("Report Suggests Fort Bragg Could Lost 16,000 Jobs," The State, 6/27/14)

  • "North Carolina State University Economist Michael Walden Says If Such Cuts Occurred, It Would Cause Significant Damage To The Region's Economy." ("Report Suggests Fort Bragg Could Lost 16,000 Jobs," The State , 6/27/14)

The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Assessed That, Based On Obama's Defense Spending Trends, Fort Bragg Would Lose 16,000 Permanent Party Soldiers And Army Civilians By 2020. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)

  • According To The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Based On Obama's Defense Spending Trends, Fort Bragg Was Assessed To Lose 13,623 Permanent Party Soldiers By 2020. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)
  • According To The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Based On Obama's Defense Spending Trends, Fort Bragg Was Assessed To Lose 2,377 Army Civilians By 2020. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)

The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Estimated That If These Cuts Were Made To Fort Bragg, The Local Economy Would Take A Nearly Billion-Dollar Hit. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)

  • The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Estimated That If These Cuts Were Made To Fort Bragg, The Region Could Lose 21,563 Jobs. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)
  • The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Estimated That If These Cuts Were Made To Fort Bragg, Over 40,000 Residents Would Move Out Of The Region. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)
  • The "Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment" Estimated That If These Cuts Were Made To Fort Bragg, Local Governments Would Lose $11.3 Million In Estimated Sales Tax Receipts. ("Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment For Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment," U.S. Army Environmental Command , June 2014)

obama's disregard for military readiness and corresponding cuts to defense spending has ALREADY cost north carolina billions

Under Obama, Defense Spending In North Carolina Has Dropped Considerably

Under Obama, Annual Defense Spending In North Carolina Dropped $4.6 Billion, Falling From $14.7 Billion In 2009 To $10.1 Billion In 2014. ("Defense Spending By State, Fiscal Year 2014," U.S. Department Of Defense Office Of Economic Adjustment , Accessed 5/18/16; Robert Levinson, Sopen Shah, And Paige K. Connor, "Impact Of Defense Spending: A State-By-State Analysis," Bloomberg Government, 11/17/11)

Cuts In Defense Spending Has Negatively Altered North Carolina's Economy

Defense Spending In North Carolina Was 2.1 Percent Of State GDP In 2014, A 1.5 Percent Decrease From 2009 Levels. ("Defense Spending By State, Fiscal Year 2014," U.S. Department Of Defense Office Of Economic Adjustment , Accessed 5/18/16; Robert Levinson, Sopen Shah, And Paige K. Connor, "Impact Of Defense Spending: A State-By-State Analysis," Bloomberg Government, 11/17/11)

Obama Has Reduced North Carolina's Defense Personnel By Thousands

Under Obama, Defense Personnel In North Carolina Dropped 13,717, Falling From 159,041 In 2009 To 145,324 In 2014. ("Defense Spending By State, Fiscal Year 2014," U.S. Department Of Defense Office Of Economic Adjustment , Accessed 5/18/16; Robert Levinson, Sopen Shah, And Paige K. Connor, "Impact Of Defense Spending: A State-By-State Analysis," Bloomberg Government, 11/17/11)

  • The Defense Personnel Payroll In North Carolina Was $7.1 Billion In 2014, A $3.5 Billion Decrease From The 2009 Defense Personnel Payroll. ("Defense Spending By State, Fiscal Year 2014," U.S. Department Of Defense Office Of Economic Adjustment , Accessed 5/18/16; Robert Levinson, Sopen Shah, And Paige K. Connor, "Impact Of Defense Spending: A State-By-State Analysis," Bloomberg Government, 11/17/11)

North Carolina Was One Of The States Hardest Hit By Obama's Massive FY 2013 Defense Cuts

North Carolina Was One Of The States Hardest Hit By President Obama's Massive Defense Cuts Under The Budget Control Act Of 2011, Losing 11,895 Defense Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, "The Economic Impact Of The Budget Control Act Of 2011 On DOD And Non-DOD Agencies," Report, 7/17/12)

Military Spending Makes Up About One-Tenth Of North Carolina's Economic Activity

The Total Economic Impact Of The Military Was "Roughly One-Tenth Of North Carolina's Economic Activity" In 2015. "The total economic impact of the military is substantial, accounting for roughly one-tenth of North Carolina's economic activity." (Joshua Levy, "The Economic Impact Of The Military On North Carolina," North Carolina Military Affairs Commission , 2015)

  • Military Spending Was "Estimated To Support Approximately 578,000 Jobs Within North Carolina" In 2015, About 10 Percent Of Total Employment. "Overall, military spending is estimated to support approximately 578,000 jobs within North Carolina, which is roughly 10 percent of North Carolina's approximate 5.6 million jobs." (Joshua Levy, "The Economic Impact Of The Military On North Carolina," North Carolina Military Affairs Commission , 2015)
  • The Impact Of The Military On State Personal Income Was $33.7 Billion In North Carolina In 2015. "The impact of the military on state personal income is $33.7 billion, and the impact on gross state product is $66 billion." (Joshua Levy, "The Economic Impact Of The Military On North Carolina," North Carolina Military Affairs Commission , 2015)
  • The Impact Of The Military On Gross State Product Was $66 Billion In North Carolina In 2015. "The impact of the military on state personal income is $33.7 billion, and the impact on gross state product is $66 billion." (Joshua Levy, "The Economic Impact Of The Military On North Carolina," North Carolina Military Affairs Commission , 2015)

CLINTON'S CANDIDACY POSES MORE OF THE SAME FOR FORT BRAGG AND NORTH CAROLINA WITH REGARDS TO DEFENSE SPENDING

"Clinton Is Campaigning As The Candidate Of Continuity." "Clinton is campaigning as the candidate of continuity - preserving what Democrats generally see as President Obama's gains and making changes on his domestic agenda only at the margins." (Anne Gearan and Paul Kane, "Clinton's Top Priorities: Gun Control And Immigration Reform. Could She Deliver On Either?" The Washington Post , 5/2/16)

Clinton's Rhetoric And Support Of Obama's Policies Indicates A Defense Budget Similar To That Proposed By The Obama Administration. "Clinton has not taken a position on the size of the defense budget other than to say there should be a debate. However, her tough rhetoric and her support of many current policies imply a defense budget at least as large as the Obama administration has proposed: that is, above the level prescribed by the Budget Control Act, although below what some Republicans have proposed." (Mark Cancian, "Clinton's Defense Spending: Vague But More Hawkish Than Obama," Breaking Defense, 5/12/16)

  • However, Clinton's Proposed Expansions Of Domestic Programs "Will Put A Limit On What She Can Spend On Defense." "However, the many expansions of domestic programs that Clinton has proposed (for example, college tuition, energy, early childhood education, health care, education, etc., etc.) and budget deficits that will increase in the future just to fund existing programs will put a limit on what she can spend on defense." (Mark Cancian, "Clinton's Defense Spending: Vague But More Hawkish Than Obama," Breaking Defense, 5/12/16)
  • Under Clinton, The Strategy-Resource Gap In National Security Would Likely Continue. " So the strategy-resources gap in national security will likely continue." (Mark Cancian, "Clinton's Defense Spending: Vague But More Hawkish Than Obama," Breaking Defense, 5/12/16)

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