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DOD, Virginia officials to meet about defense cuts

Anita Kumar

The U.S. Department of Defense has scheduled a Sept. 8 meeting with Virginia's congressional delegation and Gov. Bob McDonnell's office to talk about Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decision to shutter the Joint Forces Command, a military installation employing more than 6,000 in Hampton Roads.

The meeting will include officials from the offices of Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Reps. Glenn Nye, Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes and Rob Wittman, as well as McDonnell's office, according to Webb's office.

The initial briefing will allow DOD to clarify its proposal and respond to the many concerns and requests for information that Virginia officials have posed, said Jessica Smith, Webb's spokeswoman.

The Senate Committee on Armed Services and a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold hearings on Gates's decision to close the Joint Forces Command and to cut the Pentagon's military contracting budget by 10 percent a year for the next three years.

McDonnell (R) and Virginia's congressional delegation has been protesting the Defense Department budget shifts since they were announced by Gates.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 27, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Glenn Nye , James Webb , Mark Warner , Rob Wittman , Robert F. McDonnell  
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