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In the new authorization request $1,639,876,000 is for family housing new construction and maintenance, with only 3,444 new units contemplated.
The services are again emphasizing people-oriented projects with a large proportion going to living accommodations and amenities. The request for medical facilities has increased sharply and will require serious consideration by this committee.
The issue of Diego Garcia, which caused so much delay last year, is apparently still with us despite the fact that the President has not yet elected to certify the necessity of the construction requested for fiscal year 1975 as required by the law, prior to commencing construction.
Our format for these hearings will remain essentially as it has been in the past. We will first hear from Mr. Perry J. Fliakas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations and Housing, assisted by Mr. Evan Harrington and other Defense staff members. While these Defense witnesses are here we will discuss the bill in general and cover specifically title IV, construction for Defense agencies; title V, family housing; title VI, general provisions; and title VII, construction for our Reserve Forces. I do not intend to call different witnesses for each Defense title; however, feel free, Mr. Secretary, to offer statements for the record or to call upon any of your supporting witnesses to respond to questions from the committee.
The record will show a complete justification for each project and I shall also submit questions to be answered for the record at the proper place. Mr. Secretary, both the chairman and I welcome you
back. Mr. Chairman, I will relinquish the chair to you and let you take over.
Senator SYMINGTON (presiding). Mr. Secretary, would you like to read your statement ?
Mr. FLIAKAS. If I may, sir, I would like to submit it for the record and read a highlight, brief, of the statement. Senator SYMINGTON. And file the whole statement for the record? Mr. FLIAKAS. Right. Senator SYMINGTON. Will you proceed. [Copy of S. 1247 follows:
[S. 1247, 94th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To authorize certain construction at military installations, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
Sec. 101. The Secretary of the Army may establish or develop military installations and facilities by acquiring, constructing, converting, rebabilitating, or installing permanent or temporary public works, including land acquisition, site preparation, appurtenances, utilities, and equipment for the following acquisition and construction :
INSIDE THE UNITED STATES
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES COMMAND
Defense Support Activity (Fargo Building), Boston, Massachusetts, $8,000,000.
Fort Carson, Colorado, $17,932,000.
UNITED STATES ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND
Fort Benning, Georgia, $46,020,000.
UNITED STATES ARMY MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
Fort Meyer, Virginia, $2,368,000.
UNITED STATES ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, $9,193,000.
UNITED STATES ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, $7,517,000.
UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
UNITED STATES ARMY HEALTH SERVICES COMMAND
179.JOD Various locations: Water Polluti
New York, $238,000.
rict of Columbia, $1,824,000. aryland, $100,000,000
NUCLEAR WEAPONS SECURITY
Various locations, $2,652,000.
OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
UNITED STATES FORCES COMMAND
Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, $2,480,000.
EIGHTH UNITED STATES ARMY, KOREA
Various locations, $9,976,000.
UNITED STATES ARMY SECURITY AGENCY
Various locations, $1,971,000.
UNITED STATES ARMY, EUROPE
Germany, various locations, $44,989,000.
Various locations : For the United States share of the cost of multilateral programs for the acquisition or construction of military facilities and installations, including international military headquarters, for the collective defense of the North Atlantic Treaty Area, $80,000,000 and an additional $20,000,000 for the period July 1, 1976 through September 30, 1976: Provided, That within thirty days after the end of each quarter, the Secretary of the Army shall furnish to the Committees on Armed Services and on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives a description of obligations incurred as the United States' share of such multilateral programs.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS SECURITY
Various locations, $34,000,000.
Sec. 102. The Secretary of the Army may establish or develop Army installations and facilities by proceeding with construction made necessary by changes in Army missions and responsibilities which have been occasioned by: (1) unforeseen security considerations, (2) new weapons developments, (3) new and unforeseen research and development requirements, or (4) improved production schedules if the Security of Defense determines that deferral of such construction for inclusion in the next Military Construction Authorization Act would be inconsistent with interests of national security, and in connection therewith to acquire, construct, convert, rehabilitate, or install permanent or temporary public works, including land acquisition, site preparation, appurtenances, utili. ties, and equipment; in the total amount of $10,000,000: Provided, That the Secretary of the Army, or his designee, shall notify the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives, immediately upon reaching a final decision to implement, of the cost of construction of any public work undertaken under this section, including those real estate actions pertaining thereto. This authorization will expire upon enactment of the fiscal year 1977 Military Construction Authorization Act except for those public works projects concerning which the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives have been notified pursuant to this section prior to that date.
SEC. 103. (a) Public Law 90-110, as amended, is amended under the heading "INSIDE THE UNITED STATES," in section 101 as follows:
With respect to "Fort Lee, Virginia" strike out "$2,575,000" and insert in place thereof “$3,615,000."
(b) Public Law 90-110, as amended, is amended by striking out in clause (1) of section 802 “$288,355,000" and "$391,748,000" and inserting in place thereof $289,395,000" and "$392,788,000,” respectively.
Sec. 104. (a) Public Law 92–145, as amended, is amended under the heading "INSIDE THE UNITED STATES," in section 101 as follows:
(1) With respect to “Walter Reed Army Medical Center, District of Columbia," strike out "$112,500,000" and insert in place thereof “$134,652,000."
(2) With respect to "Various Locations, Air Pollution Abatement Facilities,” strike out "$34,946,000” and insert in place thereof "$45,055,000."