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DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio's largest military base is expected to privatize more energy and utility operations as it tries to offset steep cuts in the federal defense budget.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton has already asked for bids to privately manage two water plants on the base that pump more than three millions of gallons a day out of an underground aquifer.

Base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News that the Defense Logistics Agency also has asked for bids to maintain the base infrastructure for waste water collection and natural gas distribution at the state's largest single-site employer.

The moves are among those taken at the base to curb costs amid the last round of federal budget cuts. A second round of cuts is expected in mid-January.

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