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L.A. Times: Rumsfeld Wants 100 U.S. Bases Closed

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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The Los Angeles Times is reporting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wants to close almost one in four of the nation's military bases.

The newspaper cites anonymous sources, who say at least 100 bases would be on the chopping block during Congress's next round of base closures, which starts in 2005.

That number is more than the previous four rounds of base closures combined. During the most recent round in 1995, Scott Air Force Base in the Metro-East barely survived. Scott is southwest Illinois' largest employer.

Rumsfeld has until May of 2005 to submit his list of bases he wants closed.

The Times says the move is likely to set off a firestorm "as lawmakers fight to protect military facilities they represent."

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