While Washington Fiddles, Columbus, and Fort Benning Waits

And waits. And waits.

From the Ledger-Enquirer:

The Columbus area is poised to gain hundreds of civilian defense jobs from a $458 million contract that has been awarded to a pool of companies eager to do business at the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.

But the military and the contracting firms find themselves waiting and watching as the federal budget drama unfolds in Washington. A so-called congressional “super committee” is looking for ways to slash $1.2 trillion in spending, an effort likely to cause considerable financial pain for the Department of Defense.

“The super committee, I understand they have free rein. They can cut whatever they want to cut,” said Mike Burns, business developer and program manager for the Northrop Grumman Technical Services office in Columbus. “I think we’ll be safe because this isn’t for fluff. This is basic needs to train soldiers. So I think we’ll be good.”

[…] If the super committee — officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and made up of six Democrats and six Republicans — can’t hammer out an agreement before the end of this year, the Defense Department will face an additional $600 billion in cuts. That will bring the total to more than $1 trillion over a decade and severely harm the military’s long-term readiness, critics have said.

The super-committee has until November 23 to present their budget reductions. Voting must occur before December 23.

In the meantime, Columbus continues to fight for its good name. There’s nothing better than a good dose of tension to make everyone’s holidays full of cheer.

One comment

  1. Dave Bearse says:

    It’ll be interesting to hear the Georgia GOP explain with a straight face how federal spending on the military creates and sustains jobs (in some cases producing things that are never really used such as expensive aircraft for instance), but the federal spending Obama proposed for transportation (that would be used) is job-killing.

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