I know this decision before us can be painful for everyone involved, ... But I also know the BRAC process was created because the institutional adjustments necessary to meet the changing needs of a [developing] environment, while painful, are absolutely necessary.
Whatever it costs, we need to incur that cost to provide that world-class care to an extraordinary group of men and women in harm's way
It's important for our nation that our military and our society be close together. That's important for democracy. And it's important for recruiting. It's important for retention. It's important for building support for our engagements overseas.
At the end of the day, if you don't have end-strength reductions, you don't have any military savings
I still don't buy their argument about savings.
Kids coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan . . . deserve to come back to 21st-century medical care, ... Whatever it costs, we need to incur that cost to provide that world-class care to an extraordinary group of men and women in harm's way.
Today it is estimated we probably have about 25 percent excess capacity in our public shipyards
Why are we abandoning the region closest to the sea? I question the wisdom of doing that.
While we listened carefully to the input from the local communities, military value was our top priority.
We know that the decisions we reach will have a profound impact on the communities hosting our military installations, and more importantly, on the people who bring those communities to life.
The proof is in the pudding when they come home. Will we have the data about their health, will we know where they were stationed, what their unit deployments were? I will need that information.