Milcon Funding Would Suffer Another Hit under Budget Request
Funding for the military construction line item — excluding family housing — would drop $1.8 billion to $9.6 billion under the budget proposal for fiscal 2013, potentially marking the second straight year milcon spending suffers a substantial decline.
Milcon spending fell $3.4 billion in FY 2012 to $11.4 billion, with much of the change stemming from the sharp drop-off in BRAC spending. After accounting for the end of implementation of the 2005 round, milcon spending in FY 2012 is about $1.4 billion below the 2011 level.
In explaining the cuts, DOD Comptroller Robert Hale said, “We rephased military construction,” indicating that officials decided to pause some projects until more details about changes in force structure become available.
The president’s 2013 request would provide $349 million to clean up installations closed during the first four BRAC rounds, a $26 million increase over current year funding for the BRAC 1990 account. Funding for BRAC 2005 activities would fall $132 million from the current year to $127 million, under the budget request.
Funding for the other major component of the military construction spending bill, family housing, would remain unchanged at $1.7 billion under the 2013 proposal.
Details on individual milcon projects are available on DOD’s website.