Breaking News

Missouri officials focus on protecting military bases from closure

Updated: 2013-08-14T12:46:15Z

— Although there are no immediate plans to close military bases, some Missouri officials want the state to be prepared if the federal government considers doing so in the future.

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler convened a meeting Tuesday in Columbia that drew nearly 60 people from military communities to discuss ways of shoring up the state’s military bases and contracts.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/14INnwf ) cited a report showing that defense spending at Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood totals about $1.2 billion annually. Spending on other defense contracts in Missouri totals about $11.7 billion annually.

The report was issued earlier this year by the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission. Commission Chairman Mike Dunbar says it’s important for Missouri to market itself as a military-friendly state.

| The Associated Press

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here