Military Training: DOD's Report on the Sustainability of Training Ranges Addresses Most of the Congressional Reporting Requirements and Continues to Improve with Each Annual Update
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Because the military faces obstacles in acquiring new training lands, the preservation and sustainment of its current lands is a priority. Sustainable training range management focuses on practices that allow the military to manage its ranges in a way that ensures their usefulness well into the future. As required by section 366a of the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 as amended,1 DOD was to submit a comprehensive plan for using existing authorities available to the department to address training constraints caused by limitations on the use of worldwide military lands, marine areas, and airspace to Congress in fiscal year 2004 with annual progress reports beginning in fiscal year 2005 and extending through 2013. As part of the preparation of this plan, the Secretary of Defense was to conduct an assessment of current and future training range requirements and an evaluation of the adequacy of DODs current range resources to meet those requirements. The plan was also to include proposals to enhance training range capabilities and address any shortfalls in resources identified pursuant to that assessment and evaluation goals and milestones for tracking planned actions and measuring progress projected funding requirements to implement planned actions and a designation of an office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in each of the military departments responsible for overseeing implementation of the plan. This report discusses 1 DODs progress to date to address the elements of section 366 and 2 improvements incorporated in DODs 2009 annual sustainable ranges report as well as DODs plans for its 2010 report submission. In accordance with the mandate, we are submitting this report to you within 90 days after having received DODs 2009 sustainable ranges report on August 3, 2009.
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