- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
President Trump’s steps so far to back away from existing policies intended to address climate change have not upended the military services’ push to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. But the department’s former installations and energy chief says even if the new administration revisits DOD’s policies on sustainability, it should be careful not to limit efforts that can be justified for reasons beyond their environmental benefits. There is a clear business case for the military to develop new generation capacity on base using solar, wind or other renewable resources as they are generally financed by developers or utilities and can cut an installation’s electricity bill, John Conger, who led the Pentagon’s installations office from 2012 to 2015, told Defense Communities 360 …READ MORE
A new force structure assessment has concluded that the Marine Corps ideally could grow by 8,000 troops, but the service still plans on operating with an end strength of 182,000 Marines. “The path we’re on is to go to 182,000 Marines,” Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told Military.com. “That’s what we’re going to be funded for; that’s what we’re allowed to do by Congress. But in a perfect world … we came up with about 190,000; that is the optimized force,” Walsh said. The increase would help the service keep up with a high pace of operations, and the need to expand its cyber and technological capabilities …READ MORE
An internal memo circulated within the Pentagon in May reveals the amount of effort DOD put into countering the House plan to evade the statutory budget caps by using $18 billion from the overseas contingency operations account (OCO) for base budget items not requested by the Obama administration. “We should attack” House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan “and be prepared to play hardball opposing it,” says the May 13 memo prepared for Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary Bob Work, reports Politico …READ MORE
Despite almost-universal opposition to the statutory spending caps from defense advocates since the 2011 Budget Control Act was enacted, defense budget experts on Monday said the limits should remain in place to keep DOD spending in check.
“I would keep the Budget Control Act, or at least budget caps, because I think the process needs discipline, but I would raise them for defense and probably non-defense also,” former Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said during a discussion at the Brookings Institution. Ideally, Congress would reach a multi-year budget deal that addresses entitlements, revenue and the deficit, said Hale, currently a senior fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton …
In a bid to alleviate a growing shortage of fighter pilots, the Air Force is establishing up to two interim F-16 training units at existing F-16 training locations, the service announced Thursday. Officials expect to select candidate locations by the end of the calendar year, reported Air Force Times. To expedite the process of standing up the training units, the service will temporarily move F-16 aircraft from Hill AFB, Utah, to two existing F-16 training locations, the Air Force said in a release. This approach will allow the Air Force to avoid conducting an exhaustive environmental review and other analyses that would be required if the service intended to permanently base formal training units …READ MORE