How military installations overcome declining facility sustainment budgets

The trickiest part of being the commander of a military installation is figuring out how to manage decreasing resources when there’s a constant demand for services. Military facility sustainment has been one of the hardest-hit portions of the Defense budget over the last several years. Still, installations do find new ways to meet their missions without more money. The Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune is one of the winners in the latest round of Commander in Chiefs Awards for Installation Excellence. Brigadier General Thomas Weidley just wrapped up a tour of duty as Lejeune’s installation commander. He talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about some of the steps his team took to earn the recognition.

Former Army Secretary Eric Fanning might be out of office, but he’s still got plenty to say. He says he senses little political appetite for President Donald Trump’s military buildup plans. Despite all the talk about increasing the military budget, Fanning just doesn’t see where the votes will come from. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talked to Fanning about this and other matters.

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