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* SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS
FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE APPROPRIATIONS GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas, Chairman

JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi ERRETT P. SCRIWNER, Kansas
CHARLES B. DEANE, North Carolina GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin

SAMUEL W. CR0sby, Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee

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Friday, June 24, 1955.

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

WITNESSES

E. B. BAILEY, DEPUTY CHIEF, OVERSEAS BRANCH, CONSTRUCTION

DIVISION

MAJ. JOHN CAMPBELL, FAMILY HOUSING DIVISION

E. J. CLOSE, DEPUTY CHIEF, FAMILY HOUSING DIVISION

COL. ROBERT R. CONNORS, DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION

COL. W. V. COOK, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS

LT. COL. JAMES L. CROSSEY, DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION

BRIG. GEN. MARVIN C. DEMLER, ASSISTANT DEPUTY COMMANDER

FOR TECHNICAL OPERATIONS, AIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOP-

MENT COMMAND

HON. JAMES H. DOUGLAS, UNDER SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE

COL. JOHN M. EWBANK, DIRECTORATE OF REAL PROPERTY

JOHN M. FERRY, SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR INSTALLATIONS

JOHN R. GIBBENS, SPECIAL ASSISTANT, DIRECTORATE OF REAL

PROPERTY

COL. PHILIP HAAS, DIRECTORATE OF REAL PROPERTY

LT. COL. DORRIJE D. JONES, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS

COL. R. W. KELLER, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS AND CONSTRUC-

TION DIVISION, DIRECTORATE OF BUDGET, DCS/COMPTROLLER

MAJ'. L. E. LANGFORD, DIRECTORATE OF REAL PROPERTY

COL. D. F. LEHNHARD, DIRECTORATE OF FACILITIES SUPPORT

COL. W. E. LEONHARD, DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION

COL. S. M. LUTZ, DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION

J. W. McCAULEY, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS

L. B. McCLOUD, DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION

MAJ. GEN. WILLIAM H. POWELL, DEPUTY SURGEON GENERAL

COL. OBAN O. PRICE, DIRECTORATE OF REAL PROPERTY

COL. J. V. RAMBEAU, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS

BRIO. GEN. J. F. RODENHAUSER, DIRECTOR OF REAL PROPERTY

COL. HOLMES F. TROUTMAN, DIRECTORATE OF FACILITIES SUPPORT

LEWIS E. TURNER, CHIEF, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS AND CON-

STBTTCTION DIVISION, DIRECTORATE OF BUDGET, DCS/COMP-

TBOLLER

MAJ. GEN. L. B. WASHBOURNE, ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF, IN-

STALLATIONS

MAJ. ARTHUR WITTERS, AIR FORCE ACADEMY, LOWRY AIR FORCE

BASE. COLO.

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Amounts available for obligation

| Presently Revised | available estimate Difference Appropriation or estimate------------------------------ ---------------- $1,200,000,000 || $1,200,000,000 Prior year balance available----------------------------- | $853,659,583 | "655,000,000 | "I'201.659,53 Total available for obligation--------------------- - 859,659,583 1,858,000,000 998,340,417 Balance available in subsequent year------------------- |---------------- 558,000,000 558,000,000 Total obligations---------------------------------- 859,659,583 1,300,000,000 440,340,417 Obligations by activities Presently Revised Description available estimate Difference Direct obligations 1. Planning--------------------------------------------- $900,000 $35,000,000 $34,100,000 2. Military construction, continental United States...I. 509,659, 583 794, 100,000 284,440,417 3. Military construction, outside continental United States---------------------------------------------- 349, 100,000 450,900,000 101,800,000 4. Minor construction---------------------------------- - -------------- 20,000,000 20,000,000 Total obligations--------------------------------- 859, 659, 583 || 1,300,000,000 440, 340,417 Obligations by objects Object classification o o: Difference department of the Air Force 07. Other contractual services------------------------------ $900,000 $35,000,000 $34,100,000 10 Lands and structures----------------------- 815,827,114 1,222,067,531 406,240,417 15 Taxes and assessments 125,000 125,000 ||-------------Total obligations------------------------------------- 816,852, 114 1,257, 192,531 440,340,417 Analysis of ea'penditures Presently Revised estiavailable mate Difference Obligated balance brought forward----------------------- $971,097,811 || $1,122,757,394 || $151,659, 583 Obligations incurred during the year---------------------- 859,659,583 1,300,000,000 440,340,417 1,830,757,394 2,422,757,394 592,000, 000 Obligated balance carried forward------------------------- —880, 757, 394 –1,222, 757, 394 —342,000, 000 Total expenditures---------------------------------- 950,000,000 || 1,200,000,000 250,000,000 Expenditures are distributed as follows: Out of current authorizations-------------------------|---------------- 100,000,000 100,000,000 Out of prior authorizations---------------------------- 950,000,000 1, 100,000,000 150,000,000 Appropriation Program request Program 310: Planning------- -- $32,331,000 Program 320: Continental United States----------------------- 929, 113,000 Program 330: Outside continental United States-------- -------- 451,212,000 Program 340: Minor construction 20,000,000 Total 1,432,656,000 Less unforeseeable delays 232,656,000 This request - 1,200,000,000

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Program And Performance Statement

Approximately two-thirds of the facilities to be built under this program are operational In type. These Include airfield pavements to provide necessary runways and parking apron for operational aircraft, liquid fuel storage, and dispensing facilities, and aircraft maintenance facilities. Included In the grouping of operational faculties are those for the aircraft control and warning system. This program will provide facilities, principally in the United States and Canada, for an additional increment of the air-defense warning network, as well as for Mm- existing permanent and mobile radar sites.

The Air Research and Development Command program provides facilities for continued development of aircraft and weapons, for advanced propulsion systems and for improvements at the Air Force Missile Test Center.

Other significant areas included in the program'are:

1. $78 million for the second increment of the Air Force Academy.

2. $20 million for minor construction projects, which formerly were funded in the "Maintenance and operations" appropriation.

3. $160 million for 11,822 units of family housing, primarily for installations within the continental United States.

4. $77 million for the first increment of a phased program to replace temporary structures erected 'during the early part of World War II. This increment is concerned exclusively with replacement of troop housing and dining facilities and medical facilities.

5. $32 million to provide necessary construction facilities for the additional B-52 aircraft which will be received as a result of the B-62 acceleration program.

Substantially all currently available military construction funds have been apportioned and released to the Air Force construction agents. It is estimated that the carryover of unobligated funds into fiscal year 1956 and fiscal year 1957 will be approximately $658 million and $558 million, respectively. This compares favorably with the carryover into fiscal year 1955 of $1,207 million and into fiscal year 1954 of $1,770 million.

The carryover Into fiscal year 1957 ($558 million) Is required and will be utilized for 2 purposes:

1. Funds are required to cover commitments for costs such as Governmentfurnished equipment, supervision and inspection, and contingencies. The difference between cumulative contract awards and cumulative obligations during fiscal year 1955, representing the value of these commitments, has amounted to approximately $180 million.

2. The balance of the funds are required to provide minimum working capital for continuation of a construction program of this magnitude, after the end of the fiscal year and until new funds become available. Although there will be a relatively small carryover into fiscal year 1956 and fiscal year 1957, as compared with prior years, the status of advance planning of new projects now permits orderly apportionment and contract award immediately upon congressional approval of appropriation requests. This will permit continuation of the momentum of the Air Force construction program, based upon receipt of new funds, rather than upon funds already available.

Specific construction projects totaling $1,432 million are presented on the following pages in support of this appropriation request. However, only $1,200 million are requested for financing the program in fiscal year 1956. The difference of ?232 million represents unforeseeable delays which Inevitably arise in a program of this size, and which may preclude the use of these funds during the budget year.

Mr. Mahon. Gentlemen, the committee will come to order. We will proceed with the detailed hearings on the military public works budget for the Air Force for fiscal year 1956.

Mr. Turner. Mr. Mahon, before we get into the details of the book we have three special presentations we should like to give. The first will be by Colonel Jones, on the DEW line.

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