Marshall says RAFB should prepare for another round of BRAC

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Former Congressman and National Defense Panel member Jim Marshall says he wants to ensure a strong U.S. defense for the future.

Concerned citizens want to know what the future holds for Robins Air Force Base. 

“There’s no doubt that Robins should be preparing for another round of BRAC. I can’t guarantee that that’s actually going to occur,” Marshall said.

He says if the base stays productive, it’s like they won’t see a big hit from BRAC, know as base realignment and closures. 

“Robins, if it’s properly prepared, will do quite well as you look at the different alternatives around the United States for saving money,” Marshall said. 

Part of that preparation, Marshall says, is the base taking advantage of the military’s need to remain innovative with technology. 

“Robins is already the center of excellence for electronic warfare. No reason why it can’t be the center of excellence for a whole lot of other IT, technology driven needs,” he said. 

An IT boost is something where 21st Century Partnership president and CEO, retired General Charles Stenner, agrees. 

“Robins Air Force Base is postured and certainly capable of accepting all of those types of missions,” Stenner said. 

Marshall calls the military’s limited spending a hurdle for the department of defense. 

“Military funding is critically important to both the security and prosperity of the United States,” Marshall said. 

He adds federal budget cuts to military spending were a misstep. 

“When we cut military spending dramatically. It increases the likelihood of global problems. Those problems arise, we not only have a security issue, but a deflated economy, and consequently we’re a good bit poorer,” Marshall said. 

Marshall serves on the country’s National Defense Panel. 

He says it’s important to keep Robins Air Force Base running, calling it a terrific service to national security and the air force. 

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