Virginia Officials Meet With DOD About JFCOM Closing

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    The closing of the Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads may not be as bad as originally believed.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia's congressional delegation met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military officials Tuesday to discuss Gates' Aug. 9 announcement that the command would close.

    McDonnell and others said some functions likely would remain in Hampton Roads, such as the military's modeling and simulation program.

    The delegation also confronted Gates about what they called his “arbitrary” decision to cut 30 percent of defense contractors, which could hurt contractor-rich northern Virginia.