Decaying Infrastructure— An Achilles’ Heel to Readiness for the Guard and Reserve

March 6, 2003

In 2001, the Association of the United States Army published a Torchbearer National Security Report on infrastructure. While that report focuses primarily on the active Army, the key points made within it are equally applicable to the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Simply stated, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve are also plagued by a crumbling infrastructure. Army National Guard Readiness Centers and Army Reserve Centers, equipment maintenance shops, aviation facilities, training sites and ranges have for many years been underfunded for necessary maintenance and construction requirements. At many locations throughout the nation, the funding shortfall has created an Achilles’ heel—a capabilities gap—in their ability to meet the new and continuing requirements of homeland defense and the war on terrorism.