Maxwell AFB Braces For More Budget Cuts
Hundreds of American and international students fill the auditorium, waiting for the next presentation.
But the Air War College's commandant is worried that instructors won't stick around to teach these students if they keep getting furloughed.
"We're not going to see the impact of that today or tomorrow or even next year. We'll see the impacts of that in maybe two to three to four years out when faculty come here. We haven't allowed them to do their research. We haven't allowed them to present their academic papers within their community, and they start to see that they're not becoming relevant, they're not staying relevant," said Maj. Gen. Brian Bishop.
Four thousand civilian workers at Maxwell were furloughed one day a week from April to September of this year, basically cutting out 20 percent of their paychecks.
"And so some of the faculty may decide to leave and go to another institution. Then it's going to be very difficult for Air University to try and recruit and bring high quality faculty in," said Maj. Gen. Bishop.
But it's not just the war college that's looking ahead to next year. Colonel Mark Ramsey is the vice commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing, the part of the base that focuses on being combat ready. He still isn't sure how the cuts will impact the base.
"We don't know what we're going to have to work with next year. The unpredictability is a challenge. So there's only so much you can do to prepare for that. We receive a budget just like anybody else," said Ramsey.
Unless congress changes things, the current budget will take another 20 billion dollars from the department of defense's budget, which is where Maxwell gets its funding.
US Congress has until December 13 to reach an agreement on the 2014 budget.