Defense Secy Mattis Asks Congress For New Round of Military Base Closures

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FILE – In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

October 18, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Defense Secretary James Mattis is calling for a new round of foreign and domestic military base closures.

In a letter to Congress, Mattis said 19 percent of DOD properties around the world are unnecessary due to advances in technology.

He added, keeping un-needed facilities open hampers military readiness.

Previous consolidation efforts have saved the Pentagon more than one billion dollars in excess costs.

House Armed Services Committee leaders have expressed support for a new round of closures starting in 2021.