• Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future

    Outsourcing, Mission Changes to Shape Installation of the Future1

    The Army’s real property footprint can be expected to evolve incrementally as past decisions about the role of the service’s installations continue to exert a critical influence on its infrastructure, according to an appendix in the Army’s new strategic framework for supporting its installation requirements. But several changes already are shaping the installation of the future, starting with a trend toward greater outsourcing for both installation and mission support activities. The extent to which an installation can rely on the surrounding community for support services — including housing, childcare, recreation and retail — will depend on local conditions …

  • IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints

    IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints0

    With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command, says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission. “I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs …

  • Time to Consider Privatizing Installation Management, Officials Suggest0

    With funding for installation support falling to historically low levels, the military services should consider using a public-private partnership model to construct and manage facilities, several officials suggested last week at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit. A developer could be responsible for financing the construction of a new installation — and operating it — if DOD wanted to consolidate its facilities and update its remaining infrastructure, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. Other nations, including the United Kingdom rely more heavily on the private sector for installation support. For instance, U.K.’s Ministry of Defence is redeveloping a garrison in a project slated to result in the design and construction of 110 buildings, including living and working accommodations, and training, recreation, education and welfare facilities …

  • Increased Collaboration with GSA Would Help Installations Find Space for Federal Agencies0

    The Defense Department and the General Services Administration do not routinely share information about opportunities to move non-DOD federal agencies onto military installations to take advantage of unused and underutilized facilities, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. GSA does not routinely contact installations to find out whether space is available when it is trying to support federal agencies with new workspace requirements. Similarly, DOD waits for non-DOD agencies to inquire about opportunities to move onto an installation and does not generally reach out to GSA or agencies that may be looking for space, the congressional watchdog agency found …

  • Air Force Installation Support Agency One Step Closer to Reaching Operational Capability0

    The Air Force’s newly created agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service is on track to reach initial operating capability this summer, following its formal activation last week during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who was appointed the first commander of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at the May 5 event, told an audience of more than 500 people that the agency is still in the early stages of building the organization. “Over the course of the next year and a half, we’ll stand up the organization, hire the permanent staff and establish the necessary processes and procedures to deliver resources and support to commanders …

  • McCain Chides James for Claiming Savings from New Installation Support Agency0

    Air Force moves that Secretary Deborah Lee James recently claimed met a Pentagon goal of reducing its headquarters staff by 20 percent did not produce any actual savings because the personnel were shifted elsewhere, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told James in a letter this week. “The conduct of the Air Force in response to this guidance seems to have produced no actual staff reductions and yielded no actual savings,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee …