Texas voters approved $250 million in bonds to upgrade military bases.
Florida will lay out at least $5 million for a military-base retention grants program and has hosted joint training exercises at Eglin Air Force Base.
Texas and New Mexico have a joint effort to protect a cluster of bases: Fort Bliss in El Paso; White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, N.M.; and Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, N.M.
Given this competition, some of Arizona's base defenders are worried the state's effort is coming late in the game.
Although Arizona has long known that Davis-Monthan and Luke are at risk from encroachment, it is only now trying to find money to protect them, Browning said.
"We are having the same conversation now we were having 10 to 12 years
ago," he said."
Click to read entire article: Can state save bases. by David Madrid and Charles Kelly, The Arizona Republic, Jan. 11, 2004