Owens Confident Of Fort Drum's Future In Face Of Cutbacks
It's called a worst-case scenario - the potential loss of up to 16,000 soldiers and civilian workers at Fort Drum.
The Army came up with the number after being told to look at the possible impact of another federal budget sequester, which is automatic spending cuts.
But north country Congressman Bill Owens says the post is still in good shape during any round of Army downsizing.
"The Army is not going to make, if you will, across the board cuts. They're going to make cuts in places where they believe those units do not meet, or don't have the capacity to meet the current threats. I think Fort Drum has the capacity to meet those threats, so I think it's much less threatened," said Owens (D. - 21st District).
Owens says that because Fort Drum does have the capacity to meet today's threats, the post itself is less threatened by cutbacks.