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Dover Air Force Base to Construct New Buildings

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DOVER, Del.- Dover Air Force Base officials said they are concerned with the quality of buildings on the base.

At a time when defense spending is at an all-time high, base officials said they want to move forward with new construction. 

Some of the buildings date back to the 1960s and DAFB officials said improvements will help troops do their jobs better.

Crews are continuing to design and construct new buildings and refurbish old ones.

The federally-funded price tag is about $150 million.

"It's about ensuring the long term viability of Dover Air Force Base," said Col. Rick Moore, commander of the 436th Airlift Wing.

Some say this is not the time to invest millions of dollars into the military. 

"We are spending enormous amounts on our military because of the war and the economy in Delaware is sagging," said Bernard August, the Green Party's candidate for Delaware's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, said military spending could soon be slashed by billions.

Last October, Congress enacted the first round of $600 billion across the board defense and non-defense cuts. If there is no deficit reduction plan passed by January 2013, a second round of cuts will occur. That could total an additional $500 billion.

"At the same time that our tax code reversed to what it was in 2001, the combination of that is probably going to push us up into another recession, just at a time when we're coming out of another one," Carper said. "It wouldn't be good for the base, and this wouldn't be good for our country."

Base officials said the spending is necessary to ensure troops can do their very best protecting the country.

Two new projects include a maintenance hangar and a security forces compound. Other projects are nearly complete.

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