NGA in St. Louis on Pentagon’s List of Projects That Could be Tapped for Wall

By on March 22, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The Pentagon has compiled a list of military construction projects that possibly could be tapped for up to $3.6 billion in spending on a border wall with Mexico, and that list includes future spending on a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters in north St. Louis.

However, the list comes with major caveats and would not be necessary if President Donald Trump also gets his record $750 billion request for defense spending in the fiscal year that begins in October, according to a Pentagon document released Monday by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

On Monday, NGA spokeswoman Nancy Rapavi repeated the agency’s assertion that “NGA has not been notified of any delays that will affect the Next NGA West project.”

Trump last week vetoed a Congress-passed resolution of disapproval for his emergency declaration to get money to build a wall on the Mexican border. The president, rebuffed by Congress in his request for $8.9 billion to accelerate border-wall funding, has said he has the authority to divert money authorized for other projects, the $1.7 billion NGA project included.

The Department of Defense document disclosed by Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, asserts that not all projects on the list would be tapped, and that the total amount of money authorized for them exceeds Trump’s wall request. But even the inclusion of a project, like the NGA funding, sets up a deeper political fight over specific projects.

The Defense Department memo says that a “mission analysis on which barrier border projects would support the use of the armed forces” and that analysis will determine the level of funding required.

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