Panel Asks for Plan to Sustain Range Test Facility Infrastructure

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Citing range and test facility infrastructure that has been deteriorating over time, the House Armed Services Committee is directing DOD to assess the military construction needs of DOD’s Major Range and Test Facility Base as called for in the department’s most recent strategic plan for test and evaluation (T&E) resources, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The assessment should include an estimated cost to replace or bring to code deficient structures, as well as a plan to ensure the department’s range and test facilities have sufficient capacity to support current and future operations, the report language states.“The committee recognizes that the [Major Range and Test Facility Base] must remain sized, operated and maintained to preserve core, governmental T&E capabilities,” the lawmakers state.Despite constituting “national assets,” the range and test facility base has become antiquated and increasingly difficult to maintain, according to a March 2013 strategic plan cited by the committee.“Obsolescence and deterioration contribute significantly to increased levels of maintenance, reductions in reliability and an overall increase in operating costs,” the plan issued by DOD’s Test Resource Management Center stated.“Services are under pressure to keep existing ground test facilities viable and relevant to meet immediate and forecasted needs. Across all services, there has been a downward trend in T&E military construction appropriations to address ongoing maintenance, sustainment and modernization needs of our T&E facilities,” according to the strategic plan.The House is scheduled to take up the authorization bill, H.R. 1735, starting Wednesday. The legislation and the report are available on the committee website.last_img

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