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    Army Plans Boost in Barracks Spending as Military Grapples with Squalid Living Conditions

    Army Plans Boost in Barracks Spending as Military Grapples with Squalid Living Conditions

    The Army is crafting a new to improve barracks following mold and health issues, as well as a damning report from a government watchdog last month that found squalid housing across the services — including bad plumbing, brown water and insect infestations.

    The plan, which has not yet been approved by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, aims to pump $4 billion into barracks construction and renovations, and fund barracks sustainment to 100% of what's authorized by Congress, according to an internal copy reviewed by .com. On average in recent years, the Army has funded barracks sustainment at only 85% of what's authorized, using the rest of the money for unrelated projects.

    Part of that increase would go to fully funding repairs and other sustainment, amounting to $342 million through the rest of the decade. The $4 billion would be a huge boost to new construction and renovations, but it would require the support of Congress for new funding.

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    “Honestly, it's a matter of balancing resources,” Paul Farnan, the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, said Thursday when asked why barracks weren't fully funded from the . “We only have so many dollars. In the past, installations were under-invested in and that's how we got ourselves into this hole.”

    The Army's…

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