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Military Base Closure: Socioeconomic Impacts

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Defense/Military,Labor/Employment

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22147.pdf

When military bases close, the loss of jobs and effort to formulate a base reuse plan can pose significant challenges for affected communities.  Research shows that base closures have not produced the dire socio-economic effects in local communities that were predicted.  Rural areas have suffered more than urban areas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists