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Six Va. Lawmakers Send Letter to Gates Over DOD Cuts

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By Rebecca Blatt

Six members of Virginia's congressional delegation have signed a letter questioning the Pentagon's bid to close the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk.

Two Republicans and four Democrats -- including Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner -- signed the letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

On Monday Gates announced a proposal to close the Joint Forces Command as part of a larger effort to reduce spending.

The Virginia lawmakers say the recommendation would hurt American combat capabilities overseas and hurt the Hampton Roads' economy.

The lawmakers say the proposal is based on a report from the Defense Business Board, which they say reflects superficial research and a lack of analytical rigor.

The letter calls for a more complete review of the command's mission and activities.

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