Merging JBLM not saving money estimatedon July 5, 2012 @ 5:00 am (Updated: 6:58 am - 7/5/12 )
Combining those bases, closing others and eliminating redundant programs was supposed to add up to $36 billion by 2025.
The defense department now says the savings will likely only amount to $10 billion.
It turns out, making the transition to a more streamlined operation cost a lot more on the front-end than the Department of Defense expected. The Pentagon expected up- front costs to run about $21 billion. It has spent $35 billion. It says construction costs have run a lot higher than expected.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports JBLM is seeing some savings and has gained some important efficiencies, but the base says it's too soon to say what the long term savings will be.
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