The Pentagon said it exempted family housing and barracks projects from consideration, as well as projects that had already awarded funding to contractors.
Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, told reporters that the border wall would “increase the efficiency and effectiveness” of troops currently supporting security officials at the Mexico border and that over time it “may reduce the demand for DOD personnel and capabilities in particular areas.”
The White House has broad authority to divert military construction funding under an emergency declaration. The administration said it would use the money to pay for 175 miles of new and repaired barriers on the Southwest border.
Trump's action has put Georgia's 11 U.S. House and Senate Republicans in a particularly tough spot. All voted against a Democrat-authored resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration this spring, but many of the same lawmakers have spent their entire Washington careers boosting the state's military bases.
Georgia projects that were previously at risk included a $99 million cyber instructional facility at Fort Gordon, an air traffic control tower at Fort Benning and hangar at Moody Air Force Base.