Posted on September 17, 2019

The Pentagon Is Canceling Three Border Wall Projects Because the Costs Went Up

Meghann Myers, Military Times, September 17, 2019

Three proposed sections of border wall for Arizona are on hold, according to a Monday federal court filing, because they’re going to cost more than the Defense Department planned on spending.

The Army Corps of Engineers “has determined that there are insufficient contract savings to undertake the the three additional” projects, totaling 20 miles of construction on the U.S.-Mexico border, that Defense Secretary Mark Esper originally approved on Aug. 26, per court documents.


Back in August, the Corps of Engineers estimated it would be able to build that additional 20 miles of wall after crunching the numbers and finding “lower-than-expected” contract costs, meaning more money freed up for more construction.

But the final totals didn’t come back that way, and so two planned segments in Yuma and one in Tuscon are now on the back burner.


In September, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion more, the cost of 127 military construction projects in the U.S. and abroad, to build or reinforce 11 more sections of wall.

At the time, defense officials told reporters on background that building more barriers meant less need for troops to deploy to the border to defend it.