Military Installation Public-to-Public Partnerships: Lessons from Past and Current Experiences
RAND Arroyo Center Santa Monica United States
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U.S. military installations have a long history of partnering with municipalities and other government organizations. The purpose of this study was to clarify the appropriate use and potential value of public-to-public partnerships PuPs to Department of Defense DoD installations, identify barriers to their cost-effective application, and recommend ways to overcome these barriers. The objectives also included providing an overview of existing installation PuPs, including their purposes and approaches, and lessons learned from their development and implementation. The authors found that installation partnerships exist in a wide range of functional areas, including infrastructure and management partnerships e.g., water, energy, environment, transportation, operations and maintenance, safety and security, and emergency services partnerships and partnerships involving services and support for military personnel, their families, retirees, and DoD civilians e.g., partnerships for recreation, childrens services, adult education, libraries, social services, and medical and health issues. Installation partnerships also aid military missions, such as helping with testing, training, and research and development. The authors also found that partnerships yield many kinds of benefits to both installations and communities economic value enhanced missions, installation operations, and support services access to additional expertise and resources energy and environmental advantages enhanced ability to address regional issues improved military-community relations and support for community values. Partnerships require resources and time to develop, and not all partnerships will succeed.