Executive Correspondence - Letter dtd 08/02/05 to Commissioners Gehman and Skinner from NM Senator Pete Domenici Page: 1 of 4
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PETE V. DOMENICI DON: 7198 COMMITTEES
NEW MEXICO ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
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WASHINGTON, DC 20510-3101 INDIANAFFAIRS
August 2, 2005
Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr. (USN, Ret.)
Commissioner, 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission AUG 0 25
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Commissioner Gehman:
As you know, the Secretary of Defense's recommendations to the 2005 Base Realignment
and Closure Commission includes a recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base, located near
Clovis, New Mexico. According to the Department's own estimates, this recommended action
would result in the loss of approximately 20% of the jobs in Clovis and the surrounding areas. The
negative economic impact would be almost twice as great as any of the Secretary's other
recommendations. Furthermore, an economic impact study performed for the State of New
Mexico estimates the actual adverse impact would be greater than 30%, an impact from which the
Clovis area economy would likely never recover.
I believe that closing Cannon AFB would be a serious mistake from a national security
perspective and am firmly convinced that the recommendation to close Cannon was based upon
flawed or incorrect data which resulted in inaccurate conclusions about the base's military value.
Cannon is one of the lowest cost fighter bases in the United States. The Department's
recommended closure action calculated cost savings as $2.7 billion net present value (NPV) over
twenty years. In fact, when costs are properly calculated, the savings are only about $150 million
(NPV). Additionally, this incorrect or flawed data led to incorrect conclusions in such areas as
encroachment, proximity to training air space, proximity to low level routes to training airspace,
range complex qualities, operational flying hours, buildable acres, auxiliary airfields, and the New
Mexico Training Range Initiative. A comprehensive fact sheet addressing each of these military
value components is attached for your information.
In order to fully appreciate the military value of our base, and given the potential for grave
economic impact on the Clovis area, I urge you to visit Cannon AFB before casting any votes on
the future of this national asset. The Clovis Community, my staff and I stand ready to assist in
facilitating your trip in any way we can. I thank you for your consideration of this invitation.
e ey yours,
Pete V. Domenici
United States Senator
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