Obama Signs 2014 NDAA; Includes $495M in Military Construction Funding for Guam, Some of That Japanese Government Money

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Guam – President Barack Obama signed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] into law Thursday in Hawaii. The bill includes $494.6 million dollars in military spending for Guam.

The bulk of the authorized spending is for both Navy and Air Force construction projects on Andersen Air Force Base [see the list below] , including $85.6 million to build a Marine Corps hangar at Andersen which, Congresswoman Bordallo said in a December 12th release, “directly supports the realignment.”  

READ the 2014 NDAA HERE

Some of the other major projects include:

* $176M for selective hardening of facilities at AAFB

* $128M for a fully hardened Fuel Systems Hangar at AAFB

* $54.5 million for wharf improvements at Naval Station Guam.

Authorizes Limited Use of Japanese Government Funds:

The 2014 NDAA continues to restrict the full use of Japanese Government funds until DoD has submited a master plan detailing the costs of the proposed realignmnet of forces in the Pacific.

But those restrictions have been loosened this year, allowing for Japanese funds to be spent on planning and design work, as well as for the construction of utility and site improvement projects in support of the North Ramp expansion at Andersen Air Force Base.

Bordallo pointed that out in her December 12th release noting that the 2014 NDAA “allows nearly $114 million in Government of Japan contributions to be used for site improvements at North Ramp on Andersen Air Force Base in support of realignment efforts. It also allows for greater use of funds for planning and design efforts that will support future military construction.”  

NDAA Permits Limited Use of Japanese Funds for the following:

SEC. 2822. REALIGNMENT OF MARINES CORPS FORCES IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

(b) EXCEPTIONS TO RESTRICTION ON USE OF FUNDS.—Notwithstanding subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense may use funds described in such subsection for the following purposes:
(1) To complete additional analysis or studies required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) for proposed actions on Guam or Hawaii.
(2) To initiate planning and design of construction projects on Guam.
(3) To carry out any military construction project for which an authorization of appropriations is provided in section 2204, as specified in the funding table in section 4601.
(4) To carry out the construction of a utility and site improvement project to support the North Ramp expansion at Andersen Air Force Base.
 

                           FISCAL YEAR 2014 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AUTHORIZATION APPROPRIATION