Executive Correspondence - Letter dtd 08/02/05 to Commissioners Gehman and Skinner from NM Senator Pete Domenici Page: 3 of 4
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* The New Mexico Supersonic Training Range Initiative (NMTRI) was not
considered by DOD.
Cost savings as outlined by the Air Force were grossly overstated.
* DOD calculated costs savings are overstated based on the number of personnel
which will be moved elsewhere and not eliminated from the force; we have not
been provided information explaining the NPV savings increasing from $1.3
billion to $2.7 billion in the last month before the release of the recommendation.
* DOD calculated cost savings as $2.7B (NPV) over 20 years. Cost savings, in fact,
are approximately $150 M (NPV).
* Cannon is a cost-efficient installation in a low cost area, and the Air Force data
that was used in the analysis did not accurately reflect the true cost efficiencies of
operations at the base.
DOD underestimated the economic impact of closing Cannon by starting with a much
lower baseline of military personnel and civilians than are currently stationed at the base.
* Current authorized manpower at Cannon is 3,919; Air Force used an inaccurate
baseline of 2,824 people.
* The DOD calculates a 20.5% employment impact from closing Cannon; a
scientifically reliable analysis based on actual manpower finds a higher impact to
be 30.58%. Historic precedent from other regional closings confirms this higher
* Even at the lower impact, the 20.5% figure poses the largest job loss as a
percentage of community employment of all 2005 BRAC recommendations-
nearly double the second largest impact.
* If Cannon were to close, it is likely that the nearby communities would never
fully recover within the lifetimes of the current residents.
* The region reports a minority population of more than 50%. Closure of Cannon
would disproportionately impact this population.
* Curry and Roosevelt Counties are currently designated "medically underserved"
by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If Cannon were to close,
this situation would worsen.
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