WATCH: Acting Secretary of Defense says HUNDREDS of miles of wall are now contracted to be built!

I’ve got some good news for you on the building of the southern border wall. The Acting Secretary of Defense says they’ve already contracted out 256 miles of wall to be built:

And here’s video:



Shanahan says the Army Corp of Engineers has responsibility for building the wall and has contracted out about 256 miles.

He says it’s being funded with both DHS funds from 2017 and 2018 and Treasury forfeiture funds, as well as reprogrammed funds.

He says that 63 miles of new wall should come online in about six months and that results in the wall being built at about half a mile per day. At that rate it would take over two years to build the 256 miles unless they can increase the number of contractors at work to build the wall.

256 miles is significant, but probably only about a quarter of what needs to be built in totality. So I hope they can double up some of this to get it built as quickly as possible.

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45 thoughts on “WATCH: Acting Secretary of Defense says HUNDREDS of miles of wall are now contracted to be built!

  1. Multiple contractors and just a half a mile a day?!?! Give me a break!! Quit dragging your feet, build the damn wall

    1. You have to remember: the wall has never been about border security. It’s always been about Donald. It was catnip to voters, and this timetable is solely about them as well. That’s why it’s taking so long, and that’s why its completion is planned for a month before the 2020 election.

      This was always intended to play this way.

    2. This is your centralized federal government at it’s best and fastest…slow as molasses.

        1. Japan is not the United States, nor is the US Japan. I’ve been to both places and I can assure you they are quite different geographically and culturally.

          More on point would be the repair of the Santa Monica freeway in just three months after the 1994 Northridge earthquake:
          https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-04-06-mn-42778-story.html

          Of course, that was state government, not the Feds, and it was driven (very hard) by then Governor Pete Wilson. Wilson was from Southern California (San Diego) and desperately needed to secure as much support as possible in LA for re-election in an increasingly leftist state.

          Please refer to your earliest comment in this thread for more complete analysis of this atypical “fast” government job.

  2. My hope is that contractors don’t take advantage of WE THE PEOPLE and over charge us, because hey…it’s the government.

    1. Fast, high-quality, and cheap: choose any two.

      …and we started contract negotiations declaring this was a crisis (which it is).

  3. It’s progress at least for the wall which is needed especially when we have had constant Gridlock in DC for many years and it’s getting worse soooooo, until that “little” problem is fixed, I’m afraidtheWall will only please us…

  4. Because we know if (God forbid) a democrat is elected, this will be stopped. I’m not happy with the slow progress of this but the fact that it’s rolling at all is good.

    1. Most of the actual work done to date was programmed and approved years ago, under a Democrat (very reluctantly, no doubt).

      Once they start construction, stopping construction will be as slow and as agonizing. If the contractors were smart (I suspect they were), there are clauses in the contracts severely penalizing the government if the contract is suspended before the work is completed. This is very typical.

      That exact sort of clause is what saved the second Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Prince Of Wales. The new government wanted to cancel it (purely symbolic move and strategically hobbling), but because of the contract penalties, failure to complete the ship actually cost more than finishing the ship. Four years later, playing to a different audience, they decided to not only finish it, but to fit out, equip her, and put her in active service (expect to see her in about 2021, she is being fitted out now).

      1. @txgrunner Yeah but I could see Democrats wanting the wall stopped or removed for political reasons, not for costs. Bush started a wall and it stopped under Obama. Never got built.

  5. HA!!!! Video proof or it’s not happening.

    Come on, … this is like the hundredth post about new walls built (not the ones already there that we are replacing) and Yet, no pics, no videos, no live feeds of these contracted companies putting in barriers … So, excuse my skepticism but, “Where’s the Beef?!”

    1. Government contracting, even in a crisis, is never fast. It’s “contracted,” not “under construction.”

      What do you want, videos of lawyers signing lengthy contracts?

      I’ve been very critical of the president on this specific point and his claiming credit for construction/replacement approved years earlier, but even I see this as tangible progress.

  6. Multiple contractors and just a half a mile a day?!?! Give me a break!! Quit dragging your feet, build the damn wall

    1. You have to remember: the wall has never been about border security. It’s always been about Donald. It was catnip to voters, and this timetable is solely about them as well. That’s why it’s taking so long, and that’s why its completion is planned for a month before the 2020 election.

      This was always intended to play this way.

    2. This is your centralized federal government at it’s best and fastest…slow as molasses.

        1. Japan is not the United States, nor is the US Japan. I’ve been to both places and I can assure you they are quite different geographically and culturally.

          More on point would be the repair of the Santa Monica freeway in just three months after the 1994 Northridge earthquake:
          https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-04-06-mn-42778-story.html

          Of course, that was state government, not the Feds, and it was driven (very hard) by then Governor Pete Wilson. Wilson was from Southern California (San Diego) and desperately needed to secure as much support as possible in LA for re-election in an increasingly leftist state.

          Please refer to your earliest comment in this thread for more complete analysis of this atypical “fast” government job.

  7. My hope is that contractors don’t take advantage of WE THE PEOPLE and over charge us, because hey…it’s the government.

    1. Fast, high-quality, and cheap: choose any two.

      …and we started contract negotiations declaring this was a crisis (which it is).

  8. Because we know if (God forbid) a democrat is elected, this will be stopped. I’m not happy with the slow progress of this but the fact that it’s rolling at all is good.

    1. @kong1967 Exactly what I was thinking. I wouldn’t be surprised if they started tearing it down.

      1. What’s to make you think they won’t even if it’s completed?

        Yet another reason the wall is stupid. Once a Democrat gets back in power, all that time and money will have been wasted. They’ll even exploit the Gipper’s memory to trade off it.

        Sigh. Americans are so stupid and short-sighted.

    2. Most of the actual work done to date was programmed and approved years ago, under a Democrat (very reluctantly, no doubt).

      Once they start construction, stopping construction will be as slow and as agonizing. If the contractors were smart (I suspect they were), there are clauses in the contracts severely penalizing the government if the contract is suspended before the work is completed. This is very typical.

      That exact sort of clause is what saved the second Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Prince Of Wales. The new government wanted to cancel it (purely symbolic move and strategically hobbling), but because of the contract penalties, failure to complete the ship actually cost more than finishing the ship. Four years later, playing to a different audience, they decided to not only finish it, but to fit out, equip her, and put her in active service (expect to see her in about 2021, she is being fitted out now).

      1. @txgrunner Yeah but I could see Democrats wanting the wall stopped or removed for political reasons, not for costs. Bush started a wall and it stopped under Obama. Never got built.

  9. It’s progress at least for the wall which is needed especially when we have had constant Gridlock in DC for many years and it’s getting worse soooooo, until that “little” problem is fixed, I’m afraidtheWall will only please us…

  10. So @ActingSecDef just told Congress that 256 new miles of Trump’s Wall is now funded to be built, at the rate of half a mile every day.

    Ahh, so it’ll be done in 512 days. And then a month later, we’ll have an election.

    I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

  11. HA!!!! Video proof or it’s not happening.

    Come on, … this is like the hundredth post about new walls built (not the ones already there that we are replacing) and Yet, no pics, no videos, no live feeds of these contracted companies putting in barriers … So, excuse my skepticism but, “Where’s the Beef?!”

    1. Government contracting, even in a crisis, is never fast. It’s “contracted,” not “under construction.”

      What do you want, videos of lawyers signing lengthy contracts?

      I’ve been very critical of the president on this specific point and his claiming credit for construction/replacement approved years earlier, but even I see this as tangible progress.

  12. So @ActingSecDef just told Congress that 256 new miles of Trump’s Wall is now funded to be built, at the rate of half a mile every day.

    Ahh, so it’ll be done in 512 days. And then a month later, we’ll have an election.

    I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

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