Rothstein and other commanders at Fort Meade were already looking at "effectiveness and efficiencies" as part of the budgeting process. Rothstein spoke of mounting "a good strategic communications effort for the workforce here on Fort Meade and the entire community" to warn of the impacts that cuts would have.
"I cannot afford for Fort Meade to be doing this in isolation, within its fence line," he said. "The whole community needs to be aware."
Hayes said the impacts of the strategy on the state should become clearer later this month when the Pentagon releases budget details. He described defense contracting, a major industry in Maryland, as "an area that bears close watching and maybe some concern."
But overall, Hayes said, "there's reason for optimism in Maryland."
"Particularly for those installations that were growing as a result of BRAC, they will take some inevitable personnel and maybe even some modest structure cuts, but the investment in what they are doing as their core missions we think is going to continue to grow," he said.
"The bottom line is there is nothing in the new strategic look that, at least, as of now, significantly impacts Maryland in a negative way."
The Tribune Washington Bureau contributed to this article.