Friday, October 21, 2016

Department Seeks to Expand Infrastructure Privatization > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Department Seeks to Expand Infrastructure Privatization > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Military family housing privatization has been under way since 1996. The defense acquisitions website reports that at the beginning of the program, the department had an inventory of approximately 257,000 family housing units. Current plans are to privatize about 75 percent of existing family housing units worldwide.
“Why did it take us so long to implement housing privatization?” Potochney asked. “I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t think it’s a great thing, and it’s worked well, and it’s saved us money, and it’s gotten soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines better housing than they had before.”

1 comment:

Deborah Goonan said...

"“What we have to learn from that,” he said, “is how do we look at new opportunities in ways that our leadership, our war fighting leadership, will understand, so that they will accept new private-sector ventures?”

Privatization has proven itself in the housing area, he said, and to a limited extent in utilities, with the private sector supplying about 20 percent of the department’s utility demand.

A fresh approach to privatization should focus on understanding leaders’ perspectives, he said, “Otherwise we’re just fighting about why this is goodness.”"

--This sounds a lot like propaganda. Let's indoctrinate our military leaders and the American public so that they "accept" that which is not true. Privatization of housing "communities" only funnels more and more money to for-profit entities at the expense of taxpayers and housing consumers.

We must remove control of housing and land development from developers, the real estate investment sector, and government. In a free republic, individual property rights and civil liberties must be preserved.