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Decision Support for Infrastructure Renewal in the US Army

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The Armys infrastructure is aging -- much of it is of World War II and Korean War vintage. Resources are diminishing at a time when infrastructure renewal needs are growing. The Army Plan specifies a relatively modest spending goal of 1.75 of the total Plant Replacement Value. However, forecasts through FY 1999 reflect a gap between projected funding and the funding required to meet this goal. In order to establish and maintain world class power projection platforms, the Army must coordinate the allocation of resources for facilities revitalization at all levels. In order to determine needs and their relative critically, the Army must have a common system for assessing infrastructure status that is understood by commanders, engineers, and comptrollers alike. Determination of needs must be based on the commanders objective assessment, not on an emotive, subjective appeal. With the infrastructure investment gap, Army leaders must make priority decisions within a structure that ensures consistent application of criteria that support the Armys mission and incorporate well-defined Army installation infrastructure standards. The Army can not afford ad hoc piecemeal fixes with only marginal effects on revitalization. The Army must synchronize its infrastructure renewal efforts through functional, comprehensive planning that yields results with major impact. In short, commanders and facilities planners must operate within a framework that allows them to effectively focus the infrastructure investment. This report describes the concept for a decision support system that will provide the needed framework. In this system, planners base the planned state for each discrete installation infrastructure system upon defined standards. We propose the development of a clearly defined set of standards for Army facilities. The standards will not replace existing technical engineering standards, but would supplement them with easily understood, yet technically based standards. c

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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