Legislative Proposal Would Allow Army to Move Ahead on Backlogged Demolitions

May 7, 2024

The Army has proposed legislation that would allow it to lay out demolition and consolidation ideas for five locations over the next three years, Federal News Network recently reported. It has asked to spend up to $25 million at each site but did not name the sites.

The report said the plan would align with DOD’s Strategy for Resilient and Healthy Defense Communities released in February.

“The strategy will ensure that our spaces are healthy, safe, functional, resilient and enhance the quality of life and readiness of our service members, their families and the civilian workforce,” Brendan Owens, assistant defense secretary for energy, installations, and environment told lawmakers last month. “Together, our efforts will drive changes across the defense infrastructure enterprise and ensure that it is managed as a strategic asset to promote the well-being of our total force.”

In the new proposal, the Army wants to use military construction funding to demolition outdated facilities and move personnel or residents to larger, modern, more cost-efficient facilities.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Loriann Dauscher

May 7, 2024

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