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Fort Bragg could win big in Trump's plan to spend on defense

Posted February 28

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— President Donald Trump has proposed an additional $54 billion for national defense, and some of the money could benefit Fort Bragg. Some predict it could jump start projects stalled since the recession.

Greg West is a commercial real estate developer with property in the Fayetteville Military Business Park on Sante Fe Drive.

The 200-acre park, which is not far from Fort Bragg, was built in 2009. It was supposed to attract military contractors during the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC), but the economy stalled.

“It went on hold, but this infrastructure is still here, and hopefully now is the time to come to fruition,” West said.

His optimism is based on Trump's plan to increase military spending by $54 billion.

Retired General Dan McNeill is a former Fort Bragg commander. He knows exactly how the money could be spent.

“BRAC didn’t have a lot of money with it. It moved jobs and people here, but $54 billion spread throughout the defense industry is going to show up in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg,” McNeill said. “There are main battle tanks, they’re Bradleys. A lot of things -- flying machines, ground equipment -- need recapitalization, and any amount I’m sure is helpful,” he said.

McNeill said it's too soon celebrate money that hasn't been appropriated, but as a business owner himself, he knows the importance of setting up shop close to the place where contracts are going to be awarded.

“You have to have some place where you can manage your human resources, where you can do whatever accounting and service your invoices and things like that,” McNeill said.

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