By Greg Peppers
Senior Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are condemning a Pentagon decision to cut the U.S. Joint Forces Command based in Norfolk.
The Pentagon decision jeopardizes about 5,000 military jobs in the Hampton Roads region. It also puts in jeopardy the jobs of many contractors and support industries. Democratic Senator Jim Webb says while he understands the need to better manage the budget, the cuts will be harmful to the military and Virginians. GOP Governor Bob McDonnell says the decision is outrageous. He says he thinks the Obama administration is cutting defense facilities to pay for expanding social programs.
Members of Virginia's Congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle are pledging to work together to reverse the Pentagon decision. The plan is part of the Defense Department's efforts to slash its reliance on contractors and eliminate a major command in order to save money to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.