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US Military Bases Face Next Round of Closings

A published report says all 425 domestic U.S. military bases are under review as the Defense Department considers a new round of base closures.

The New York Times reported Sunday that after more than two years of study, Pentagon analysts are putting the final touches on a list of recommendations to submit to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In previous rounds, the Pentagon eliminated 97 bases and closed hundreds of smaller facilities, saving tens of billions of dollars. Military officials say the old Cold War network of defense facilities still has too much capacity for modern needs.

Mr. Rumsfeld is to give his list of proposed base closings to an independent commission for review in May. The newspaper reported that by early November, President Bush and Congress must accept or reject a final list submitted by the commission.

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