Support Facilities for the Future Force
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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Evolving Future Force doctrine focuses on executing decisive offensive and defensive combat operations -- winning the war -- but little thought has been given to Future Force missions such as stability and support -- winning the peace -- and to operational support facilities needed at all levels of conflict. The logistics community will doctrinally drive support facility requirements. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will drive site selection, construction technologies, and environmental concerns. The U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center MANSCEN schools -- Engineer, Military Police, and Chemical -- will drive the doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leader development, personnel, and facilities DOTMLPF requirements for site selection, construction, environmental concerns, and all aspects of protection for these facilities. This article attempts to translate current and past force requirements for base camps and supply depots into the context of the still-evolving Future Force. By doing so, requirements for future support facilities can be determined and provided for as the Future Force evolves. As the Future Force gains more definition, the true requirement for future support structures will also gain more definition. The purpose of this article is to start a discussion about Future Force support facility needs.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies