The Pentagon’s installations office is studying options for funding the construction of a 37-mile section of a proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall along the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. The department is authorized to spend congressional appropriations only on DOD property, Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week in explaining why the office is not exploring options for funding a wall along the remainder of the 1,900-mile border with Mexico.
Niemeyer said the office is only in “the preliminary stages” of studying possible investments along the nation’s southern border. He told Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) that it is too early to say how much construction would cost. “We don’t have a firm estimate because there’s a range of options about what we would be asked to do there,” Niemeyer said. Part of the stretch where the bombing range extends to the Mexican border already has a barrier, he added.
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes