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Isakson, Scott: BRAC not likely before 2017
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Senator Johnny Isakson and Representative for the 8th District Austin Scott say don't expect BRAC, or a round of Base Realignment and Closure, before 2017.

The pair along with Representatives Sanford Bishop and Tom Graves answered questions after a tour of Robins Air Force Base Thursday. The delegation is touring four Georgia military bases Thursday and Friday.

"2017 would probably be the earliest with a new president and new Congress," Sen. Isakson said. "Nothing will happen before then, and I doubt it will happen that fast."

Scott, who represents Robins, said, "I can tell you, four years ago, I would have been extremely concerned for Robins in the event of a BRAC. Now, because of the production here and the way things have turned in the right direction, I feel very good if we went into a BRAC, that we are going to come out just fine at Robins Air Force Base."

Scott, Isakson and Bishop said the bigger concern is the Sequester, or across the board military budget cuts that took affect in 2011. Isakson said it's forcing the Army to downsize to 450,000 and putting national security at risk.

"The Sequester is the problem. It doesn't allow the military to appropriate their funds the way they need to. It doesn't let them prioritize," he said. "The Congress has them hamstrung right now. Hopefully, we can end it, and were going to try do so."

Isakson said there's no plans for downsizing the Air Force in terms of manpower.

He said the sequester could impact the development of Air Force weapons systems, such as the new J-STARS fleet located at Robins.


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