Former Rep. James Courter, R-N.J., says Operation Desert Storm should not change the mission of a new military base-closing commission he has just been nominated to head.

"Regardless of what is going on in the Persian Gulf, the work of the commission must be on the merits and reflect all possible contingencies for the next many, many years," Courter said Wednesday in an interview from his law office in Hackettstown, N.J.