Facilities that house combat units are in bad condition and the funds are not there to fix them.
Technology installations could help military bases, but is the funding there?
Congress and the Government Accountability Office are asking new questions about the long-term viability of the Military Privatized Housing Initiative.
The federal government has been on a drive to economize on energy since Middle East oil embargoes of the 1970s. In more recent times, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the government’s buildings and vehicles have joined efforts to reduce spending on fuel.
For the armed services, more efficient use of fuel and greater energy self-sufficiency are matters of readiness, agility and, ultimately, the ability to prevail in war. That’s why military leaders are undertaking a broad range of energy efficiency efforts encompassing installations, ground vehicles, ships and planes.
Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack is leading the Army’s charge toward more sustainable bases. The Army has some ambitious near-term goals for energy savings.
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.
A reduction in soldiers’ housing allowances cut revenues of private companies that operate military housing. The Army may allow those firms to assess rental costs to make up part of the difference.
Military facilities in “failing” condition increased from 7 percent last year to 19 percent this year.
Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione shares the latest on the Defense Department’s new rule on independent research and development,
The military services have been dithering with Congress over if and where to reduce their real estate footprint.