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MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AUTHORIZATION, FISCAL YEAR 1966
FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1965
CoMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, AND SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION OF THE CoMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONs, Washington, D.C. The Committee on Armed Services and the Subcommittee on Military Construction of the Committee on Appropriations met jointly, pursuant to recess, at 10 a.m., in room 212, Old Senate Office Building. Present: Senators Inouye (presiding) and Saltonstall. Also present: Col. Warren A. Bennett, Assistant Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force 8; and Col. John E. Minahan, U.S. Army, Defense Atomic Support Agency, Department of Defense. Of the staff of the Committee on Armed Services, Gordon A. Nease, professional staff member, and Charles B. Kirbow, chief clerk. Of the staff of the Committee on Appropriations, Vorley M. Rexroad and Joseph Borda, professional staff members. Senator INouxE. We will resume our hearings this morning to take up title IV of the bill which relates to the requirements of the defense agencies. I believe you have a brief introductory statement, Mr. Sheridan, after which you will introduce the witnesses from the defense agencies. I am sure most of you have prepared statements which you may read if you wish or, to conserve time, submit for the record and proceed directly with your line items. You may begin, Mr. Sheridan.
STATEMENT OF EDWARD J. SHERIDAN, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PROPERTIES AND INSTALLATIONS
Mr. SHERIDAN. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Title IV of S. 1771 would provide new authorization to the Secretary of Defense for construction required in fiscal year 1966 for the defense agencies in the approximate amount of $100.2 million.
Section 401 consists of designated line items totaling $30.2 million for four of the five defense agencies and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the largest single project o which is the proposed Defense Intelligence Agency #. Operations Building at $17.2 million.
Other major items under this section are a Communications Security Production Building at $6.1 million for the National Security Agency, and nuclear weapons test support facilities for the Defense Atomic Support Agency at $3.7 million.
Section 402 would provide $20 million in authorization to the Secretary of Defense to be used for requirements, not presently known but anticipated on the basis of experience over the past few years, for construction in support of advanced research projects developed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Existing authority last provided in fiscal year 1961 (Public Law 86–500) for this high-priority adyanced research is nearly exhausted. Section 403 would provide the Secretary of Defense with authorization in the amount of $50 million to construct facilities he considers necessary to support operations vital to the security of the United States which develop as a result of crisis conditions during the comyear. itnesses for the defense agencies and the Office of the Secretary of Defense are prepared to give details in support of requirements for the items for which authorization is being requested. Subject to the wishes of the chairman, we are prepared to proceed with the line items at this time. Brig. Gen. K. F. Dawalt is the principal witness for the Defense Atomic Support Agency. Senator INoUYE. General Dawalt, welcome to the committee.
STATEMENT OF BRIG. GEN. K. F. DAWALT, DEPUTY DIRECTOR (OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION), DEFENSE ATOMIC SUPPORT AGENCY
General DAwal.T. Mr. Chairman, I am Brig. Gen. K. F. Dawalt, Deputy Director (Operations and Administration), Defense Atomic i. Agency. I am happy to have the privilege of appearing before this committee to present the Defense Atomic Support Agency’s fiscal year 1966 military construction program. For fiscal year 7966, we are requesting $3,957,000 in new authorization for military construction. The total program consists of only four line items. The major project is for Johnston Island, our Pacific base being held in readiness for atmospheric nuclear tests should such tests be directed by the President. The estimated cost for this item is $3,688,000. The other projects are as follows: Construction of a sanitary sewer collection main at Sandia Base at an estimated cost of $188,000. Air conditioning barracks building 122 at Clarksville Base at an estimated cost of $36,000. Air conditioning barracks building 101 at Killeen Base at an estimated cost of $45,000. This completes my prepared remarks. I shall try to answer any questions you may have. Senator INoUYE. You may proceed with the line items.
SANDIA BASE, ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX.
General DAwal.T. The first line item is the sanitary sewer system which I mentioned, $188,000. We found as a result of an engineering survey conducted by the Albuquerque district engineer that sewerlines existing are overloaded and at certain times there is backup into the family housing area. So this sewerline will relieve that situation.
. Senator INQUYE. General, I note in volume 1, page 7, that there is an item of $3,040,000 of funded authority not yet in inventory, including $590,000 pertaining to family housing improvements.
General DAwal.T. Right, sir.
Senator INOUYE. Can you tell us just what this is for and why it has not been accomplished as yet?
General DAWALT. These are in design and should be underway very soon. The reason for the delay is the time it takes to get the design done and the contract let.
Senator INoUYE. And what is this $590,000 pertaining to family housing improvements all about?
General DAWAL.T. We .#. to take this up at family housing time later, but to give you our fiscal year 1965 program, at s. construction of 2 additional bedrooms and 1 bathroom in 80 two-bedroom units, increased heating in 202 family units, install bathroom heaters in 148 quarters.
Senator INoUYE. Please proceed, sir.
KILLEEN BASE, KILLEEN, TEX.
General DAwal.T. At Killeen Base we want to air-condition a portion of the barracks 101. As you know, in central Texas the weather is such that it is authorized under DOD criteria to air-condition sleeping and office space. We intend under this authorization to air-condition 20,877 square feet, consisting of 4, barracks bays, dayroom, company headquarters, and 17 noncommissioned officers rooms.
CLARKSVILLE BASE, CLARKSVILLE, TENN.
Senator INoUYE. General, if I may go back to Clarksville Base, I believe this is the second or third year you have requested funds to aircondition barracks on this base. Is this the last increment?
General DAwal.T. As a matter of fact it is the last increment.
Senator INoUYE. Thank you, sir. Please proceed.
General DAwal.T. I did not mention Clarksville Base to you, because in my book it is apparently in a different order from yours. This will provide air-conditioned space for an 84-man barracks.
Senator INouye. What is the construction cost index in this area, sir?
General DAwal.T. The construction index?
Senator INoUYE. Yes.
General DAwait. Colonel Minahan, who is the head of my logistics section—
Mr. SHERIDAN. 0.95, Mr. Chairman.
Senator INoUYE. Please proceed, General.
JOHNSTON ISLAND AIR FORCE BASE
General DAwal.T. I proceed now to Johnston Island. We have additional shoreline protection Senator INoUYE. Can you wait a moment, General? (Discussion off the record.) Senator INoUYE. Please proceed, sir.
General DAwal.T. There is an item for additional shoreline protection. In attaining readiness to test January 1, 1965, we increased the size of Johnston Island from 198 acres to 633, and of course this is from dredge and fill from the ocean floor. We found that the action of the waves make it necessary to stabilize the shoreline, and for this we expect to get approximately 6,400 linear feet of stabilization from this amount of money, $2 million. This is a continuing program. It is based upon a study made by the Bureau of Yards and Docks of the Navy, and the low estimate is approximately $7,050,000 but may go as high as $9 million. Now we are doing this in increments so that the experts can see the action of the waves, and we will protect only that which is necessary. The next item is a central meat preparation room. The Army Subsistence Center in Chicago made a survey of this for us, and it is their recommendation that we set up this new cold storage facility. It will make it possible for us to take whole sides of beef from the deep freeze and thaw them out and move them into this other room and prepare them for use in our two messhalls. This will be an economical use of the food, and it will cut down spoilage. Senator SALTONSTALL. Mr. Chairman, may I ask a question? Senator INoUYE. Yes, please, Senator Saltonstall. Senator SALTONSTALL. I have just come in; have you made any general statement on the Johnston Island situation? Is it going ahead satisfactorily. Are you achieving what you expected? General DAwait. Yes, sir; it is. As I stated a moment ago, we attained readiness January 1, 1965, to conduct the tests in the prohibited environments, and, in addition to that, for the first time we have a joint nuclear test plan jointly with the Atomic Energy Commission. That agreed plan on what we would do has been forwarded to the President over the signatures of the Secretary of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission. Senator SALTONSTALL. We have put about $50 million in there, and you have got $11 million more to put in so far as you can estimate? General DAwal.T. Yes, sir. You should also take note of the fact that the Atomic Energy Commission has spent about $30 million, and the overall investment at this time is approximately $80 million including what we estimated the value of the installation there previously—$9.5 million. Senator SALTONSTALL. How much? General DAwal.T. The original island installation we estimated to be about $9.5 million. Then we increased the size from 198 acres to 633. That, plus the facilities we have added, gives us about an $80 million investment. Senator INouy E. What is the base population on Johnston Island? If this is classified, please do not answer. General DAwal.T. It is not. We are estimating on the basis of approximately 1,800 people. We are continually evaluating the need, and it may be in the future that this will be several hundred less than it is now. Senator SAITONSTALL. Did I hear correctly that you said that we had about $90 million involved in there?