By Roxana Tiron - 09/15/10 08:07 PM EDT
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is trying to force the Pentagon to fully explain its decision to close its Joint Forces Command as part of a cost-cutting drive before the plan moves ahead.
Webb plans to offer legislation during the Senate’s deliberations of the massive defense policy bill next week that would require Defense Secretary Robert Gates to provide full justification to Congress before any action is taken to close the Joint Forces Command.
Webb, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee panel on military personnel matters, said the information lawmakers have received so far is not satisfactory.
“A decision of this magnitude poses significant implications for joint training and the development of joint war-fighting capabilities that are essential for successful 21st-century combat operations,” Webb said in a statement on Wednesday. “Any proposal to close or realign the command should be guided by a clear process and analytical basis that everyone can understand.”
JFCOM is one of 10 combat commands, which include Central Command, European Command and Africa Command. JFCOM was previously the U.S. Atlantic Command. After the Soviet submarine threat diminished at the end of the Cold War, the command in 1999 was turned into a training, concepts and experimentation combatant command that spans all armed services.
Webb, Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerTurf battle erupts over hot cyber issue Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform Week ahead: Rival encryption efforts clash on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Va.), and Virginia Reps. Glenn Nye (D), Bobby ScottBobby ScottLabor chief knocks GOP 'waste of time' on fiduciary rule Overnight Regulation: Biz groups flock to White House to change overtime rule House panel votes to overturn Obama's financial adviser rule MORE (D), Rob WittmanRob WittmanVulnerable Republican asks to pause his pay until House completes budget Overnight Defense: Lawmakers aim to halt troop cuts, base closures in defense bill House Armed Services subpanel rejects new round of base closures MORE (R) and Randy ForbesRandy ForbesGOP lawmakers question missing Bibles at VA clinics Lawmakers look to get tough on Russia House Armed Services subpanel to propose .6B for shipbuilding MORE (R) have urged Gates to conduct a review of JFCOM’s mission and activities without a predisposed intent to close the command.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinCarl, Sander Levin rebuke Sanders for tax comments on Panama trade deal Supreme Court: Eye on the prize Congress got it wrong on unjustified corporate tax loopholes MORE (D-Mich.) has agreed at Webb’s request to hold a hearing on the Pentagon’s savings drive, including the closure of JFCOM.