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Torchbearer Paper: Installation Needs Are Increasingly Complex

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A new paper from the Institute of Land Warfare looks at the increasingly complex requirements for Army installations, predicting future bases will have smaller footprints, be more self-reliant and more quickly adaptable to new missions through modularization.

“Installations: The Bedrock of America’s Army,” is a Torchbearer Issue Paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. The full paper can be seen here.

The bulk of the report describes the various roles of installations in supporting Army needs and how the formation of partnerships with communities and businesses resulted in improvements for the Army, its soldiers, employees and families. With the global threats and unprecedented fiscal uncertainty the nation is currently facing, the paper says the Army must be able to deter adversaries and signal commitment to allies and partners. This cannot happen without installations that are capable of learning, adapting and innovating to provide unit and individual readiness.

To build the installation of the future in this complex environment, the report says Congress should provide full funding in a timely and predictable manner.