Accession Number : ADA599093


Title :   Report to Congress on Sustainable Ranges


Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (PERSONNEL AND READINESS) WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a599093.pdf


Report Date : Feb 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 57


Abstract : This is the eleventh Sustainable Ranges Report (SRR) to Congress, which summarizes the Department of Defense s (DoD s) actions to ensure the long-term sustainability of its training ranges. The SRR responds to Section 366 of the fiscal year (FY) 2003 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which requires DoD to develop and submit to Congress a comprehensive plan to address training constraints caused by limitations on the use of available military lands, marine areas, and airspace in the United States and overseas. Section 311 of the FY2013 NDAA extended the reporting requirement through FY2018. Although this report focuses on DoD training ranges only, it also touches on test and evaluation (T&E) ranges to the extent that these ranges support training activities in the broader perspective of DoD s overall Sustainable Ranges Initiative (SRI). The DoD test community separately reports on encroachment factors impacting research, development, test, and evaluation activities in their Strategic Plan for T&E Resources. While DoD has been proactively addressing the many challenges related to range capabilities and encroachment, those challenges continue to grow, new ones emerge, and dynamic conditions and events exacerbate the original challenges. These challenges are common themes that resonate across the Department in its ability to implement the SRI. Most notable is the implementation of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which required DoD and the Military Services to reduce the Department s discretionary spending budget across the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). The decrease in total obligation authority necessitated changes to force structure and significant reductions in funding for operations and maintenance, military construction, research and development investments, as well as acquisition programs in order to effectively balance competing requirements across the Department and within each Military Service.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY BUDGETS , *MILITARY FACILITIES , *NATURAL RESOURCES , *RANGES(FACILITIES) , ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRA , ENDANGERED SPECIES , ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , OPERATIONAL READINESS , RENEWABLE ENERGY


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE