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4 MAY 2
SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON H. R. 2107 TO AMEND THE NATIONAL
DEFENSE FACILITIES ACT OF 1950 TO PROVIDE FOR ADDI-'
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE No. 1,
Washington, D. C., Friday, April 15, 1955. The subcommittee met at 10:05 a. m., the Honorable Overton Brooks, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding.
Mr. BROOKS. The subcommittee will please come to order.
I want to say to members of the subcommittee, I think we ought to have a rollcall sometime during the course of the morning to show who is present. It might delay our starting.
Yesterday, upon my return from the quorum call, Chairman Vinson told me of the need of taking up at once for consideration, H. R. 2107 which had previously been assigned to this subcommittee, and the very urgent need of having hearings completed and a bill reported out of committee, if it is desired to report, to the full committee by Monday. That, of course, puts us in a difficult spot of getting through these hearings as quickly as possible.
I think it is a very important bill that should be given great and most careful attention.
Since that is the case, it is necessary to get it through by Monday and I suggest that at the end of the hearing this morning, we have a little meeting, just 2 or 3 minutes, to see what additional hearings we think are necessary, and then we will arrange to have those hearings. Perhaps Saturday morning. If the need is such, that would have to be the case. (H. R. 2107 follows:)
[H. R. 2107, 84th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend the National Defense Facilities Act of 1950 to provide: for additional facilities necessary for the administration and training of units of the Reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 3 of the National Defense Facilities Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 830) is amended by deleting “in an amount not to exceed $250,000,000 over a period of the next five fiscal years” and by inserting in lieu thereof "in such amounts as may be appropriated from time to time".
Mr. BROOKS. The first witness we have this morning is Mr. Roger Fulling, Director of Construction, Department of Defense.
Mr. Fulling are you here?
STATEMENT OF ROGER W, FULLING DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUC.
TION OFFICE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PROPERTIES AND INSTALLATIONS
Mr. BROOKS. Do you have a statement to make on this?
Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I am substituting this morning for Assistant Secretary of Defense, Franklin G. Floete. Mr. Floete is out of the city on official business, visiting military establishments in the State of Texas, and did not receive advice of this meeting in in sufficient time to be here.
We are appearing before your committee, today, in support of H. R. 2107, a bill to amend the National Defense Facilities Act of 1950, to provide for additional facilities necessary for the administration and training of units of the reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States.
The National Defense Facilities Act of 1950, enacted as Public Law 783, 81st Congress, authorized the appropriation of Federal funds in the amount of $250 million over a period of the succeeding 5 fiscal years, for the acquisition, construction and expansion of facilities for the 7 Reserve components.
While the time limit imposed by the present law would include the fiscal year 1956, insufficient dollar authorization remains to cover the requirements of the program for that fiscal year. Through fiscal year 1955, appropriations to Department of Defense agencies under the authority of the act have reached a total of $235 million. Thus, but $15 million of authorization remains unfunded against a total budgeted requirement for fiscal year 1956 exceeding $100 million.
Chart No. 1, attached to the copies of this statement which have been distributed to the committee, indicates this situation graphically.
(Two charts follow:)
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS
1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Mr. FULLING. The chart also indicates the amount of additional funds for Reserve Forces facilities which have been appropriated since enactment of Public Law 783 but under other than Public Law 783 authorization. It also shows projected requirements for the fiscal years 1956 through 1960, based upon the best estimates now obtainable, and includes the needs under the National Reserve Plan previously presented before your committee by the Department of Defense.
Should the legislation to implement that plan not be enacted, the total long-range program may be substantially reduced, and the phasing of the total facilities construction would be spread over a somewhat longer period. This will be further explained in connection with the next chart.
Chart No. 2 portrays the relationship of Reserve Forces facilities appropriations received since fiscal year 1951, plus projected needs, to the total requirements generated by the present long-range programs.
The data charted here are the summations of the amounts shown time-phased on chart No. 1, and indicate the composition of the Department of Defense totals by military department. It should be emphasized that the difference between total requirements under the National Reserve Plan and without the National Reserve Plan, as shown on this chart, is very tentative, based on preliminary order-ofmagnitude estimates. The important point we wish to make is that this legislation we are speaking about this morning is urgently required for the Reserve Components regardless of the decisions taken by the Congress on the National Reserve Plan.
In conclusion, the position of the Secretary of Defense concerning this legislation should be made unmistakably clear. Trained Reserve units and individuals which can be readily mobilized and integrated into the active military forces are fundamental to our national defense system.
Facilities which have deteriorated, which provide a depressing environment, those ill-adapted to Reserve Forces training functions, or which are otherwise inadequate, cannot aid in stimulating or maintaining an effective and attractive Reserve training program.
We consider extension of the National Defense Facilities Act of 1950, which is the purpose of the proposed amendment, to be clearly essential to a healthy Reserve Forces program. The effect of the proposed amendment would be to transform what has been an interim program into a continuing and permanent program, subject to the existing procedure for prior consultation with your committee on the specific major projects to be undertaken.
The Department of Army has been designed to represent the Department of Defense in arranging the presentation before your committee today.
Army Assistant Secretary Milton is here, assisted by principal representatives of the Navy and the Air Force. Upon completion of the prepared material to be presented by representatives of the three Military Departments, we shall furnish any additional information which the chairman and the members of his committee may desire.
Mr. BROOKS. Thank you very much.
The sense of your statement is this, that you have exhausted your funds under the prior authorization bill which was for $250 million over a 5-year period, and therefore you need additional authorizations?