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Consultant to study Virginia's military assets, could result in base closings

Virginia is preparing for potential base realignments and closures by hiring a consultant to study the state's military assets.

The Alexandria-based Spectrum Group will develop a closure risk assessment for each military base in the state. The company will report its findings the state's Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities.

The Spectrum Group is doing similar work for Alabama and Florida.

Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security Secretary Terrie Suit tells The Virginian-Pilot that the company's work for other states shouldn't be a conflict. The $300,000 contract contains a confidentiality agreement that prohibits Spectrum from sharing its findings with third parties.