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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force structure decisions

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Tags: Inside the Reporterís Notebook , DoD , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Congress , Army , sequestration , BRAC , Installations , John Conger , Peter Levine , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT

Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

The Defense Department will close 15 sites in Europe over the next two years. The Department expects the European Infrastructure Consolidation to save $500 million a year. Katherine Hammack is assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared the details on this and DoD's other cost-saving plans.

Tags: Army , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:07pm EST
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Army: Sequestration to cause 'domino effect' on base maintenance

After two years of operating under sequestration level funding, the Army now faces a $3 billion maintenance backlog and 5,500 work orders, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

Tags: DoD , Army , sequestration , In Depth , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:58am EST
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2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Tags: DoD , Facilities , sequestration , Budget Control Act , Congress , John Conger , Miranda Ballentine , Dennis McGinn , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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Army changing its energy culture through better data

By the end of next year, the Army will install advanced electric meters at most of its large buildings, giving the service much more detailed data on how it uses energy than it's ever seen before.

Tags: management , Energy , Army , Thomas Bostick , David Halverson , Green government , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.

Tags: DoD , Army , BRAC , In Depth , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:39am EDT
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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Shrinking force size and changing force structure are two reasons the Defense Department continues to push for another round of base realignment and closure. The Army will likely shrink the most of any of the services, and they are already returning 21 locations to their home countries in Europe. But most members of Congress still oppose another BRAC round in the States. Katherine Hammack is Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Pentagon is making some progress.

Tags: Army , DoD , In Depth

Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, is back from a round of visits to Army bases to see how they're dealing with climate change. She says readiness is dependent upon how they prepare for a future of limited energy resources. She explained what she saw on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Army , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Army breaks ground on DoD's biggest solar project to date

The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. The solar panels are expected to provide 18 megawatts of electricity, enough to light a small-sized city.

Tags: DoD , Army , Fort Huachuca , Amanda Simpson , Green government , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Military facilities get shorted as part of DoD's tough 2015 budget choices

The Pentagon's 2015 budget request includes sharp cuts in funding for construction and maintenance on military bases, which congressional appropriators immediately denounced. But Defense officials say they could do a better job of maintaining military bases if they were allowed to close they ones they no longer need.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , John Conger , John Culberson , Jared Serbu , House Armed Service Committee

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 04:14am EDT
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