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Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are criticizing a Department of Defense decision to divert $125 million from projects at two state military bases to help pay for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border.
The lawmakers were informed of the decision Wednesday. It puts on hold an $85 million project for an unmanned aerial vehicle training facility at Holloman Air Force Base, near Alamogordo, and a $40 million project for an information systems facility at White Sands Missile Range. In all, $3.6 billion in funding for 127 defense projects inside and outside the country will be used to build 175 miles of the border wall.
The DOD said in a briefing Tuesday that the diversion would be temporary.
“I visited the current RPA (Robotic Process Automation) training facility at Holloman earlier this year,” Sen. Martin Heinrich said in a news release. “The building is falling apart, with some equipment being held together with duct tape. To say this facility, which supports training for 100% of the Air Force’s MQ-9 (drone) crews, urgently needs to be replaced would be an understatement.