Armed Forces News

The proposed fiscal 2005 Defense Department budget “allows the department to stay on track to eliminate nearly all of its inadequate military family housing units by FY 2007, with complete elimination by 2009,” Philip W. Grone told the House Subcommittee on Military Construction. Grone, principal DoD deputy for installations and environment, said, “Our current plans are to privatize a cumulative total of over 136,000 units by the end of FY 2005,” noting that DoD expects to privatize more than 59 percent of its existing family housing in the continental U.S. and territories by then. Privatization, Grone pointed out, “speeds fixing our inadequate housing in comparison to the traditional military construction process” while providing a quality product. Grone said the number of inadequate military family housing units dropped from 180,000 in 2001 to 120,000 in 2003, and by the end of fiscal 2005 will be about 61,000.