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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 047-03
February 03, 2003

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FAMILY HOUSING BUDGET FOR FISCAL 2004

The Fiscal 2004 Department of Defense Military Construction and Family Housing appropriation request totals $9.0 billion and reflects the administration's emphasis on improving the quality of life for our nation's military personnel and providing facilities that support our current and future missions. The fiscal 2004 Military Construction and Family Housing Program supports the reduction of the current recapitalization rate of its facilities to 67 years by 2008 and the elimination of most inadequate family housing by 2007.

The request includes approximately 300 major construction projects at nearly 200 locations to provide facilities and housing needed by the armed forces, the defense agencies, and for NATO security investments. It provides $4.0 billion for military construction (including environmental compliance), $.4 billion for base closure activities, $.2 billion for the NATO Security Investment Program and $.4 billion for planning and design for future projects and unspecified minor construction.

The request also provides $2.8 billion for operating and maintaining almost 252,000 DoD family housing units and $1.2 billion for constructing new and improving our existing family housing units. A list of specific construction projects can be found at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2003/d20030203cons.pdf. A summary of construction projects can be found at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jan2003/d20030203milcon.pdf.

Copies of Department of Defense budget documents are available at the following Internet address: http://www.dod.mil/comptroller/defbudget/fy2004/.