The difficulties encountered during planning, design and construction of facilities to support forces deployed in the Persian Gulf conflict were not unique. Past conflicts had highlighted the same problems with lack of standard designs, late introduction of supporting engineers and funding limitations. The Services have developed separate standard facility systems in recognition of the efficiency gained by pre- planning for support of their components during contingencies. Service philosophies account for some of the differences between the systems. This is evident when comparing standards of individual Service facilities designed to satisfy similar mission requirements. Efforts are currently underway to automate the existing systems, incorporating computer assisted design and drafting as well as construction management software. The three systems should be consolidated into a single joint standard facility system that meets Service philosophies and contributes to effective planning for contingency support. Additionally, execution of the contingency construction can be enhanced by early introduction of manpower engineers and timely authorization of construction spending by Congress.