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 WarnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Yahoo failed to prioritize security: report Dems slam Yahoo CEO over delay in acknowledging hack MORE (D-Va.), and Virginia Reps. Glenn Nye (D), Bobby ScottBobby ScottOvernight Tech: Lawmakers, tech talk diversity | Group raises security worries over internet handoff | FCC commish wants probe into debate Wi-Fi The tough on crime era needs to end Should we incarcerate children for skipping school? MORE (D), Rob WittmanRob WittmanVirginia governor contenders ready for battle House GOP defense policy bill conferees named GOP questions Obama's Afghanistan troop withdrawal MORE (R) and Randy ForbesRandy ForbesInsiders dominate year of the outsider Corrine Brown loses primary amid indictment GOP rep: I lost primary due to ‘Washington elites’ 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 LevinThe Fed and a return to banking simplicity What Our presidential candidates can learn from Elmo Zumwalt Will there be a 50-50 Senate next year? MORE (D-Mich.) has agreed at Webb’s request to hold a hearing on the Pentagon’s savings drive, including the closure of JFCOM.