Cleaning Up the Mess: the Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Impact of U.S. Military Base Closures on Surrounding Communities

By: Elizabeth M. Myers


Today, many military bases have become financial burdens on the federal government, as the military’s needs and systems have changed drastically since the end of the Cold War.1 The federal government has discovered it can save a significant amount of money by shutting down unnecessary installations and shifting the work to ongoing bases.2 The federal government can also make money by selling the land of former military bases to surrounding communities or private companies.


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