The Air Force trying new tactics to recapitalize its facilities despite a huge backlog.
Lawmakers sidelined facilities and questioned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about reports of unethical conduct. They also pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray about plans for a new headquarters.
In the absence of congressional permission for base closures, the Defense Department has decided to invest heavily in demolishing structures on existing bases that are no longer worth saving.
The 2018 omnibus bill delivers 56 percent plus-up in DoD facility maintenance spending, but it’s not nearly enough to reverse years of underfunding.
The Defense Department rolled out the biggest budget request in its history Monday, seeking $686 billion for fiscal 2019.
Even assuming an active-duty force that’s significantly larger than the one that exists today, the Pentagon says it has 19 percent more facilities than it can use.
The government abandoned its current plan to replace the FBI’s Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters, leaving employees in the deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover Building for the foreseeable future.
DoD says its “conservative” estimates show that it is paying to maintain 22 percent more military base infrastructure than it can put to practical use.
Assuming the Army completes its planned drawdown to 450,000 active duty soldiers by the end of next year, the service will own and operate 21 percent more real estate and facilities than it can conceivably put to productive military use.
The military services have been dithering with Congress over if and where to reduce their real estate footprint. But there is one spot in the world where the Army is undergoing a major expansion in real estate. Camp Humphries, South Korea is undergoing a multi-billion dollar makeover. Katherine Hammack, the Army assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details of what’s going on and why.