Mr. Philip W. Grone was appointed as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment on November 1, 2004, after having served as that post's principal assistant deputy since September 2001. Mr. Grone has management and oversight responsibilities for military installations worldwide, which have a land area covering over 46,000-square miles and containing 587,000 buildings and structures valued at more then $640 billion. His responsibilities include the development of installation capabilities, programs, and budgets; base realignment and closure; privatization of military housing and utilities system;, competitive sourcing; and integrating installations and environment needs into the weapons acquisition process. Additionally, he has responsibility for environmental management, safety and occupational health; environmental restoration at active and closing bases; conservation of natural and cultural resources; pollution prevention; environmental research and technology; fire protection; and explosives safety. Mr. Grone also serves as the Department's designated Senior Real Property Officer as well as the DOD representative to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Mr. Grone came to the Pentagon in 2001 with more than 16 years of Capitol Hill experience. He served as the Deputy Staff Director and the Assistant Deputy Staff Director for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) from 2000-2001, where he managed all committee hearing, mark-up, floor, and conference activities, including the production of the annual defense authorization bill.
From 1995-2001, Mr. Grone served as Staff Director of the HASC Subcommittee on Military Installations and Facilities. In that position, he led the staff development of the annual military construction authorization bill. The legislative accomplishments of that subcommittee during his tenure included the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, the privatization of defense utility infrastructure, reform of the Sikes Act (concerning natural resource management on military installations), and various withdrawals of the public lands for military training and readiness.
Mr. Grone also served as the Subcommittee Professional Staff Member for the HASC Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; Professional Staff Member for the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress; and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Willis D. Gradison, Jr. of Ohio.
Mr. Grone graduated from Northern Kentucky University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. and earned his master's degree from the University of Virginia.