One of the things I find myself doing time and again while checking out any lengthy defense document is looking at the broad array of projects DOD branches will be, theoretically, undertaking. One of the common characteristics, however, is that due to the large volume of potential projects they often are simply listed and the really cool ones (read: Natural Security-related ones) get buried amidst projects to increase the number of portojohns at Wright-Patt AFB in Dayton, Ohio and the like (though that’s not a real project).
Check out eleven cool projects (including their costs and location in the FY 2011 NDAA), all of them are mapped out to their exact location, thanks to Google Earth!
For those of you not into Google Earth here's a listing of all the potential projects, their cost, and their locations:
- Power Plant Modernization, Ph 3: $51.928million (The Pentagon Washington, D.C.)
- Flood Mitigation: $23million (Fort Shafter, Hawaii)
- Convoy Live Fire Project: $3.2million (Fort Hood, Texas)
- Electrical System Upgrade & Natural Gas System: $19.5million (Camp Walker, South Korea)
- Center for Disaster Mgt/Humanitarian Assistance: $9.14million (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii)
- Waterfront Emergency Power: $15.66million (Kings Bay Base, Georgia)
- Limited Area Emergency Power: $15.81million & Waterfront Restricted Area Emergency Power: $24.913million (angor Trident Base, Washington)
- Alternative Fuel Storage Tanks: $8.5million (Hickam AFB, Hawaii)
- Supplemental Water Storage: $3.7million (Fort Detrick, Maryland)
- Alternative Fuel Facility: $3.3million (Fort Lewis, Washington)
- Marine Corps Energy Initiative: $9.95million (Camp Pendleton San Diego, California)
The National Security Strategy is also set to hit today, and natural security issues play a very prominent role. We will begin hitting you with our thoughts on that right at 3pm today, and let us know yours as well.