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Intel Center’s Location Leads to Dispute with Congressman

Air Force Times reports that “one provision in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that President Obama recently vetoed would have forced the Defense Department to look at putting an intelligence complex at Lajes Field in the Azores, which is part of Portugal.”  

“U.S. European Command wants to put the complex at Royal Air Force Croughton in England, but the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence believes that defense officials intentionally overlooked Lajes as a potential site and that that decision will cost taxpayers money.”  

“’The requirements were to look at some sites in Germany, some sites in Belgium — or BENELUX, which is the greater Luxembourg, Belgium area — and the U.K.,’ Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said ‘You don’t even have to do a study to know when those are your requirements, you’re going to end up with the U.K .as your site because there were so many bases in the U.K. that they could use.’”

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