Defense

April 15, 2013

Air Force installations chief testifies to Congress on BRAC, MILCON

Tags:
SSgt. David Salanitri
Air Force News Service

Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for installations, Environment and Logistics, testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction-Veteran Affairs, April 12, 2013. Fergusonís statement included topics as military construction, military family housing, environmental, energy and base realignment and closure.

In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction-Veteran Affairs April 12, a senior Air Force leader announced the fiscal year 2014 budget for the service’s installation programs.

Kathleen Ferguson, Air Force Installations, Environment and Logistics, outlined the service’s request, which allocates $1.3 billion for military construction, $2.2 billion for facility sustainment, $813 million for restoration and modernization, and $465 million for military family housing.

She also emphasized the Air Force’s wish to engage in a round of Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

The Air Force’s fiscal 2014 budget request contains $1.3 billion for military construction, $2.2 billion for facility sustainment, $813 million for restoration and modernization, and $465 million for military family housing. This request comes after a fiscal year 2013 where the Air Force implemented a pause in military construction projects.

This budget “supports the department’s strategic priorities, our top weapon systems modernization programs, and distributes MILCON funding equitably between active guard and reserve components,” Ferguson said.

During the testimony, Ferguson also discussed the Air Force’s modernization objectives, including critical projects to support the F-35 and KC-46, recapitalization of U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters, and construction of the new Cyber Command Joint Operations Center.

With the Air Force reducing its active duty force by about 8 percent, excess infrastructures are causing the service to spend money on maintenance during a time when each dollar is critical.

Ferguson explained that the money being used to maintain these excess infrastructures “would be better spent on recapitalization and sustainment,” and added “divestiture of excess property on a grander scale is a must.”

As fiscal 2014 approaches, Ferguson noted current fiscal challenges, assuring the Air Force remains committed to being responsible stewards of taxpayer money.

“During this period of fiscal uncertainty, the Air Force is ready to make the tough decisions required to avoid mission-impacting reductions, and installation support that contribute to a hollow force,” Ferguson said.

“Our fiscal 2014 budget request addresses our most pressing needs, seeks authorization to eliminate unnecessary infrastructure, and stays true to the fundamental priorities of the Air Force.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines January 23, 2015

News: Yemen chaos threatens U.S. counterterror efforts, including drone program - The White House’s strategy for fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen – repeatedly presented as a model by President Obama – was left in tatters Thursday by the resignation of the man who personally approved U.S. drone strikes in the country and the collapse of its central...
 
 

News Briefs January 23, 2015

NATO detects key Russian military equipment in east Ukraine NATO’s top commander in Europe says the alliance has detected the presence of key Russian military equipment in eastern Ukraine that, in the past, has accompanied large inflows of Russian troops. Gen. Philip Breedlove told a news conference Jan. 22 in Brussels that Russian electronic warfare...
 
 
Boeing photograph

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft ready for demonstration flights

Boeing photograph The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. The Boeing Maritime Surve...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan

F135 test demonstrates success of AEDC workshare initiative

Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan Aerospace Testing Alliance Test Engineer Darren Carroll, pictured in front, assists as Pratt & Whitney Test Engineer Ronnie Thomas does a borescope inspection of the fan on the F135 ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

40 years of Red Flag at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald A flight of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons Aggressors fly in formation over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges June 5, 2008. The proposal for Red Flag came in early...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph

Navy gears up to order production of 29 aircraft diagnostic systems

Lockheed Martin photograph Petty Officers Third Class Ira Schwartz assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., left, and Devin Riley from Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic at Naval Ai...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>