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Lt. Gen. David Halverson: Military Construction Projects Suffer from Budget Shortfalls

PentagonOfficials in charge of U.S. military infrastructure programs told a Senate appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that budget cuts have delayed repairs and improvements to the Defense Department‘s mission-critical facilities, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Claudette Roulo writes Lt. Gen. David Halverson, head of the Army Installation Management Command, said at the subcommittee hearing the branch’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget would support military construction initiatives.

“Sequestration … is affecting the Army’s ability to provide facilities that our all-volunteer soldiers and their families rely and depend upon to sustain readiness and maintain their quality of life,” Halverson told the subcommittee.

Brig. Gen. Timothy Green, Air Force deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support, called for another base realignment and closure round to eliminate unneeded base properties.

“We believe BRAC will provide the most comprehensive, transparent and collaborative way to align infrastructure capacity with mission requirements,” Green told senators.

Erin Kern, Navy deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, and David Clifton, deputy commander of the Marine Corps Installations Command, explained during the meeting that insufficient funding has also affected efforts to prevent deterioration of military facilities, according to DoD News.

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