Defense

April 9, 2014

Hammack testifies on 2015 budget, calls for BRAC in 2017

J.D. Leipold
Washington, D.C.

The Army’s assistant secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment told senators that the Army needs another round of base realignment and closure in 2017.

Katherine G. Hammack, along with her Defense Department and service counterparts, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee April 2. She presented the Army’s fiscal year 2015 military construction, or MILCON, and Army family housing budget request, which reflects an overall 39 percent reduction from fiscal year 2014, in MILCON accounts.

The Army’s fiscal year 2015 budget includes $13 billion for installation energy, environmental programs, facility sustainment, restoration and modernization, base operations support and MILCON. As part of the $13 billion, the Army requested $1.3 billion for military construction, Army family housing and base closure accounts.

Further break-down of funding would designate $539 million to the active Army; $127 million for the National Guard; $104 million for the Army Reserve, $429 million for Army family housing and $84 million for Base Closure accounts.

Hammack addressed the Army’s reduced force structure and the impact it would have on infrastructure. With the end of ground combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army will be on a path to shrink its active-duty end strength from its peak of 570,000 Soldiers, to between 440,000 and 450,000. This reduction of 120,000 to 130,000 Soldiers, or about 22 percent, will affect every installation in the Army, according to her written testimony.

The Defense Department had directed a European Infrastructure Consolidation review for the purpose of reducing expenses by eliminating excess capacity in Europe, Hammack said.

“Our strategy is to consolidate on larger, more capable installations, divest older and inadequate infrastructure and invest in the remaining footprint in order to provide adequate facilities to accomplish our mission, while meeting the needs of our Soldiers and their families,” she testified.

Hammack went on to state the Army had been downsizing its footprint in both Europe and Asia for many years in the post-Cold War era, adding that since 2006, Army end strength in Europe had declined by 45 percent and, “We are on track to shrink the supporting infrastructure, overhead and operating budgets by about half.

“Inside the United States, however, the best and proven way to address excess and shortfalls in facility requirements in a cost-effective and fair manner is through the BRAC (base realignment and closure) Commission process,” she stressed.

“The Army continues to need additional BRAC authorization to reduce excess infrastructure effectively,” she added. “As the Army’s end strength and force structure decline alongside its available funding, hundreds of millions of dollars will be wasted maintaining underutilized buildings and infrastructure.”




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


 
 

 

Headlines August 1, 2015

News: Marine F-35 jets deemed ready for combat – A small batch of the highly anticipated – and much criticized – F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets have been approved for combat by the U.S. Marine Corps.   News: Reports: China to sell J-10 fighter to Iran, Syria? – Iran is rumored external link to be buying 150...
 
 

News Briefs August 3, 2015

Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, one dead A Russian military helicopter crashed Aug. 2 during an aerobatic display, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said. The Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170...
 
 
Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton

Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton A Multiple Launch Rocket System with an improved armored cab fires a training rocket during a test. The rockets were simple training rockets and not equipped with a warhead, but still gen...
 

 

Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon demonstrate SM-6’s new anti-ballistic missile defense capability

In a first-of-its-kind test, the U.S. Navy fired a Raytheon Standard Missile-6, intercepting and destroying a short-range ballistic missile target at sea. The successful U.S. Missile Defense Agency test proved a modified SM-6 can eliminate threat ballistic missiles in their final seconds of flight. “SM-6 is the only missile in the world that can do...
 
 

Northrop Grumman-developed stealthy data link validated as combat ready with U.S. Marine Corps

the U.S. Marine Corps achieving F-35B initial operating capability, the Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman has been proven a key combat-ready capability of the F-35 Lightning II program. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link that allows fifth-generation aircraft to communicate and coordinate tactics covertly. During testing of the Lockhee...
 
 

Lockheed Martin technology helps pilots, UAS operators share data, stay safe

As Unmanned Aircraft Systems take to the skies, it is essential for safety that UAS operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management system that is available to the UAS community now. Lockheed Martin’s online Flight...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>