This week on Frontiers, we focus on the impacts of military downsizing on Alaska and look at how those cuts might be reversed.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Hood in Texas were among the hardest hit in the U.S. Army’s plans to cut more than 40,000 troops by October of next year. Each lost more than 2,500 troops.
George Vakalis, a retired Army colonel and a former Anchorage city manager, is one of our guests this week.
Vakalis has been active over the years in efforts to avert base closures. He explains why this round of cutbacks is different and why it may be harder to fight.
In this expanded interview, Vakalis provides more details about the factors the military weighs when it attempts to cut costs.