Fort Detrick may be considered for closure

The Kiplinger Letter has named Fort Detrick as one of several military bases that may be considered for closure between 2015 and 2025.

Richard Sammons, the editor of Kiplinger and author of an article published in the March 16 online edition, said that his list of bases came from anonymous but credible sources in Congress and at military think tanks.

State officials have responded by saying that no such plans have been put into place, reports.

"I know this raises a lot of concern," Sammons said, according to "The story was based on conversations with those who know a lot about previous closings, but it is so entirely preliminary at this point."

The Base Realignment and Closure process is used by the U.S. Department of Defense to shut down military bases and to transfer assets among them. State officials such as U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland's 6th District said that Congress is unlikely to do another round of BRAC without having more information.

"There is absolutely no interest from any member of Congress that is receptive to BRAC without more information on the strategy to be implemented," Lisa Wright, a spokeswoman for Bartlett said, according to

In 2005, Fort Detrick began to expand with an Interagency Biodefense Campus. Recently, plans for a new research building were dropped due to a lack of funding and the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center had to lay off some employees as a result of cutbacks. The installation is Frederick County's biggest employer with 9,200 employees. Aloss of the base would have a negative impact on the local economy.

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