Army Power Projection Platform
What is it?
Current force projections for the Army Reserve envision a modular operational reserve being housed in community-based reserve centers as well as installation facilities, often in association with other reserve components. Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Grow the Army (GTA), and Transformation of the Army Reserve Command and Control structure initiatives have become the catalyst for replacing outdated Cold War era facilities with new Armed Forces Reserve Centers (AFRCs) and Army Reserve Centers (ARCs). These new centers will have high-tech, distance learning and video-teleconference capabilities as well as fitness centers, family readiness centers, and enhanced maintenance and equipment storage facilities.
What has the Army done?
The Army Reserve has formulated a strategic plan to support the three initiatives. The platform centers on the congressionally mandated BRAC program and the complementary Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR) program, both of which support implementation of the Army Reserve Command and Control Transformation. Approved construction under BRAC includes 12 AFRCs in 2007, all of which are currently under construction, and 18 AFRCs for 2008. MCAR projects for 2007, currently under construction, include 5 ARCs, 2 AFRCs, and 4 training and support facilities. The MCAR program also includes 5 ARCs and 4 training and support facilities for 2008.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Continued analysis of BRAC, GTA, and Transformation of the Army Reserve Command and Control structure requirements will contribute effectively to developing the criteria for joint facilities relevant to the Army’s needs. Projects in the MCAR design stage will support construction of an additional 5 range projects and 4 ARCs beginning in 2009, and 7 ARCs and 2 installation improvement projects beginning in 2010. GTA, slated to commence in 2009, will add an additional 60 facilities between FY09 and FY13. These initiatives benefit from the continued support and development of the Engineering Base Operations Support System and from Force Programs’ stationing modules, analytical tools for determining the most cost-effective and demographically supportable locations for Army facilities nationwide.
Why is this important to the Army?
The new AFRCs and ARCs will provide modern facilities with capabilities for reach-back into America’s communities, which so readily support our Soldiers and their families. They will also enhance command and control capabilities for homeland defense and natural disaster response throughout the nation. Additionally, they will provide for the enhanced premobilization training required by Army Reserve units in all readiness phases of the Army Force Generation cycle.
LTC Kailon Dickens (703) 692-5926