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GAO report profiles buildup costs

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Government Accountability Office released a report today titled: "Military Buildup on Guam: Costs and Challenges in Meeting Construction Timelines". For the most part the report outlined what we know already in that the buildup 2014 completion timeline is unrealistic, it also outlines the fact that the Department of Defense still hasn't finalized its Guam Joint Military Master Plan since Congressional committees began requesting for one in 2006.

The report does make note however how its likely the buildup will cost $7.6 billion through Fiscal Year 2016 but the Department of Defense has failed to fully identify cost estimates for the other components of the buildup such as how much its going to cost for the air and missile defense task force that may be placed on Guam., in addition, construction for future facilities for the Air Force Guam Strike Initiative, which is expected to occur over a 16 year period.   

The GAO finds that DOD, the Government of Japan and the Government of Guam total cost estimates for the military buildup are almost $24 billion to date. The GAO also finds that DOD had big savings of about $93 million for military construction projects awarded between fiscal years 2009 and 2010. In these cases the winning contract bids were lower than the amounts that Congress had appropriated or the amount that was otherwise designated for the project. 

Reacting to the GAO report Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo said the costs savings are a direct result of a competitive construction market on Guam. She added the cuts to military construction projects will likely diminish this competitive market on Guam and reduce similar savings in the future.

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