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APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1956

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE
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. SCRIVNER, Kangas
CHARLES B. DEANE, North Carolina GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin

SAMUEL W. CROSBY, Staf Assistant to the Subcommittee

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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas

JOHN TABER, New York HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California

RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts ALBERT THOMAS, Texas

BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio

H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas

WALT HORAN, Washington JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi

GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama

IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania JOHN J. ROONEY, New York

JOHN PHILLIPS, California J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia

ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island

FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York ROBERT L. F. SIKES, Florida

CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio ANTONIO M. FERNANDEZ, New Mexico EARL WILSON, Indiana PRINCE H. PRESTON, JR., Georgia

GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana

BENJAMIN F. JAMES, Pennsylvania LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan

GERALD R. FORD, JR., Michigan SIDNEY R. YATES, Iinois

EDWARD T. MILLER, Maryland FRED MARSHALL, Minnesota

CHARLES W. VURSELL, Illinois JOHN J. RILEY, South Carolina

T. MILLET HAND, New Jersey ALFRED D. SIEMINSKI, New Jersey

HAROLD C. OSTERTAG, New York
JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee

FRANK T. BOW, Ohio
HENDERSON LANHAM, Georgia
CHARLES B. DEANE, North Carolina
JOHN F. SHELLEY, California
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts
DON MAGNUSON, Washington
WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky
DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania
WINFIELD K. DENTON, Indiana
JAMES C. MURRAY, Illinois

GEORGE Y. HARVEY, Staff Director
KENNETH SPRANKLE, Assistant Staff Director

QUALITY CONTROL MARK

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1956

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 DEVELOPMENT 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. DORRIE 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. ORAN O. PRICE, DIRECTORATE OF REAL PROPERTY COL. J. V. RAMBEAU, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS BRIG. GEN. J. F. RODENHAUSER, DIRECTOR OF REAL PROPERTY COL. HOLMES F. TROUTMAN, DIRECTORATE OF FACILITIES SUPPORT LEWIS E. TURNER, CHIEF, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS AND CONSTRUCTION DIVISION, DIRECTORATE OF BUDGET, DCS/COMP

TROLLER 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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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 facilities 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 the 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. $76 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 addi. tional B-52 aircraft which will be received as a result of the B-52 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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