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New England makes pitch for keeping bases open

Closing Cape Cod’s Otis Air Force Base would leave New England ill-prepared to protect major buildings, transportation routes, and energy delivery systems in the event of a terrorist attack, Massachusetts officials told members of the military’s base-closing commission yesterday. Governor Mitt Romney privately provided commission members with his administration’s assessment of the state’s potential terrorist targets, which he did not make public. He said the ”sensitive” assessment demonstrates the essential role played by Otis-based fighter planes in protecting the region. The assessment was reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security, he said. Full Story

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