April 30, 2018, Dan Cohen
In addition to adding an authority for DOD to award grants to states and communities for infrastructure projects needed to support neighboring installations, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee included several other provisions of interest to defense communities in its mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. One section would require officials to consider energy and climate resiliency efforts as part of installation master plans. The change is intended to ensure installations can sustain mission-critical operations. The provision defines energy and climate resiliency as “anticipation, preparation for and adaptation to utility disruptions and changing environmental conditions and the ability to withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from utility disruptions while ensuring the sustainment of mission-critical operations.” … The subcommittee also included language to provide the military services increased flexibility and funding for construction projects needed to enhance force protection and safety at installations. The panel approved its section of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday.