By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) _ Business and congressional leaders in New England are getting ready now to protect the region’s military bases against possible closure.

The next Base Closing and Realignment Commission won’t form until 2015, but military spending is currently under the microscope as Washington grapples with the federal deficit.

Sen. John Kerry says he expects every defense installation in America to be under scrutiny. He recently hosted a meeting of the New England congressional delegation to plan strategy for the next round of closings.

The effort emphasizes New England’s brainpower over its military brawn, saying the region brings the technological innovation vital to modern warfare.

Business leaders have also begun the first New England-wide “mapping” of the region’s defense assets and their economic value.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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