FY14 Department of Defense and Navy Budget Hearing: Hearing Before the United States Senate, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 9, 2013 [open pdf - 805KB]
This testimony compilation is from the May 9, 2013 hearing, "FY14 Department of Defense and Navy Budget Hearing," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies. From the opening statement of John Conger: "It would be an understatement to say these are challenging times for the DoD budget. The impact of sequestration on our installations budgets in FY 2013, combined with the uncertain budget context it poses for the next decade, requires us to change the way we think about our installations and the funds we will allocate to maintain them. We are still evaluating the impact the FY2013 cuts have had and will have on our various installations accounts, but we must consider every day how we can drive efficiencies and do more with less. While budgets are constrained and force structure shrinks, our infrastructure is being held constant. Our portfolio of approximately 550,000 buildings and structures, 2.3 billion square feet, and a replacement value of $848 billion will be recapitalized and maintained in FY 2014 through our request of $11 billion for military construction and family housing and $10.85 billion in operations and maintenance (O&M) for sustainment, restoration and modernization. This budget request represents a prudent investment in recapitalizing and maintaining our facilities. Installations are critical components of our ability to fight and win wars. Whether that installation is a forward operating location or a training center in the United States, our warfighters cannot do their job without bases from which to fight, on which to train, or in which to live when they are not deployed. The bottom line is that installations support our military readiness, and we must ensure they continue to do so." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Conger, Robert F. Hale, and Roger Natsuhara.
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