After extending the maximum term limit for intergovernmental support agreements for installation support services from five to 10 years in the FY 2018 defense authorization bill, lawmakers may consider increasing the limit once again. This year’s authorization bill requires each military department to conduct a feasibility study of entering such agreements with host communities for up to 20 years. Reports from each of the departments will be due six months after the measure is enacted, under section 2825. … Section 2827 of the conference report adds language clarifying that state-owned National Guard installations qualify as military installations that can benefit from the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program’s initiatives to protect training and testing missions through partnerships among military services, state and local governments, and conservation groups that aim to preserve compatible land uses and natural habitats near installations and ranges. … The conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill includes a significant commitment from Congress to upgrade its infrastructure after years of shortchanging facilities sustainment. The measure authorizes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure, which represents a $471 million increase above the administration’s request, according to a House Armed Services Committee summary. Conferees added $397 million for depot maintenance.
Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua Robinson