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Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment

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The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 NEPA requires federal agencies to consider potential environmental impacts prior to undertaking a course of action. NEPA is implemented through regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Parts 1500-1508 and within the Army by 32 CFR Part 651, Environmental Analysis of Army Actions. In accordance with these requirements, the Army has prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment PEA to consider environmental effects to the Army s installations and training lands that could result from implementation of the Proposed Action to realign Army forces from Fiscal Year FY 2013 through FY 2020. 1.0 Title of the Action Programmatic Environmental Assessment PEA for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment. 2.0 Background Information The PEA analyzes the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with realignment of the Army s force structure between FY 2013 and FY 2020 to field a force of sufficient size, capability, and configuration to meet the nation s current and projected future security and defense requirements. The PEA presents an over-arching perspective that provides decision-makers, as well as regulatory agencies and the public, with information on these potential impacts, enabling them to assess and compare those impacts. Decision-makers will be able to use this data to make better informed force structure decisions. The Army is in a period of critical transition as the nation has concluded major combat operations in Iraq, assesses force requirements in Afghanistan and develops new strategy and doctrine for future conflicts. During this transition, the Army, as part of the Department of Defense DoD, must identify prudent measures to reduce spending without sacrificing critical operational capabilities necessary to implement national security and defense priorities.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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