To address a $116 billion backlog of outstanding facilities requirements while executing the National Defense Strategy, the department is focusing on a number of strategic objectives, including eliminating waste, seeking new opportunities for third-party partnerships and collaborating with defense communities, Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week.
“A lot of our facilities are either in failed or poor condition,” Niemeyer said, reported DOD News. “This will ultimately result in DOD facing larger bills in the future to go ahead to restore or replace facilities that deteriorate prematurely. The stark reality is that it is may be too costly to buy ourselves out of this backlog,” he told the panel.
Niemeyer cited a total of eight strategic goals for his office during his opening remarks. The others include:
- continue to ask for adequate funding for installation and infrastructure accounts to meet mission requirements and to address risks to safety and readiness;
- protect test and training ranges from incompatible development, along with being able to properly train troops by simulating different terrains from around the world;
- implement programs to ensure the mission through energy-resilient forces and facilities;
- work with the military engineering and contracting community to develop smarter contracts and manage contracts smartly; and
- provide for the safety and welfare of the department’s people and resources through premier environmental stewardship and occupational safety programs.
The office’s final goal is strengthen the military’s ties to communities. “We are enhancing our collaboration with the hundreds of defense communities that you represent and we represent around the nation supporting our bases and providing for the quality of life for our troops and their families,” he told the lawmakers.
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