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Here’s How DoD Will Choose Which Projects to Cut to Fund the Border Wall

Here’s How DoD Will Choose Which Projects to Cut to Fund the Border Wall by Tara Copp – Military Times

Military communities whose local construction projects weren’t scheduled to begin until later this year are among the most likely to be cut to fund the border wall, two U.S. officials who briefed reporters at the Pentagon said Friday.

 

The officials described, on the condition that they not be named, how they would determine what funds would go to the border wall, from both the military’s $3.6 billion military construction account and a $2.5 billion counter-drug account.

 

Those officials were set to go to Capitol Hill Friday afternoon to similarly brief congressional members and staff on their progress.

Some members are likely to challenge the Pentagon’s choices.

 

Acknowledging this, the Pentagon is looking at cutting from projects that would have “minimal impact,” one of the officials said.

 

That includes projects that have not been awarded yet to a contractor; projects that are part of recapitalization program, including “those that are are about updating, fixing, replacing existing facilities;” and projects that are scheduled to be awarded later in the fiscal year, the officials said…

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