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Military Engineers Struggling To Hash Out 2010 Funding Budget

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The U.S. military’s engineering branches are having a tough time shaping construction spending for fiscal 2010. At a March 26 conference of the Society of American Military Engineers in Arlington, Va., J. Joseph Tyler, director of military programs for the Army Corps of Engineers, said he expects the agency’s $18-billion program for 2009 to be reduced to under $10 billion in 2010. As 2010 plans take shape, the Dept. of Defense is being pressed to push out nearly $5.9 billion in projects approved under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. When this stimulus funding is included, the Corps’ 2009 program is the largest in its history, Tyler said. Representatives of each military branch indicated there would be a heavy reliance on indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID-IQ) contracts to allocate work quickly, with design-build used whenever appropriate. Rear Adm. Wayne G. Shear, head of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, said he expects to bring in outside program managers to help the service administer stimulus contracts.

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