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Sustainable Range Program (SRP)

What is it?
The SRP is the Army's roadmap for how it designs, manages, and uses ranges in order to ensure the capability, availability, and accessibility of ranges to meet its training mission. It is the Army's response to the increasing challenges brought about by encroachment of urbanization and meeting the ever-increasing need for ranges and training land brought about by the Overseas Contingency Operations, the Army Campaign Plan, Base Realignment and Closure, and the Integrated Global Positioning and Basing Strategy. Because many programs and functions affect the management of our ranges and training lands, the SRP is the Army's overarching guidance for integrating operational, training, facility, safety, and environmental requirements to improve the management of its ranges and ensure their sustainability to support mission requirements now and into the future.

What has the Army done?
The Army's SRP is made up of three core programs. Range Modernization, which includes new range construction; Range Operations, which includes the day-to-day management of ranges; and the Integrated Training Area Management Program for the repair and maintenance of maneuver lands. Integral to the success and support of the three core programs is the SRP Outreach Program, dedicated to educating the public on the importance of live-fire training and improving the Army's understanding of public concerns related to how we train and manage our ranges.

The SRP also provides the framework for addressing encroachment challenges and optimizing resources and policies through the development of new tools, procedures, and initiatives that ensure the capability of our ranges into the future. These tools, procedures, and initiatives include:

  • The development of the Encroachment Condition Model (ECM), an objective, centralized Geographic Information System (GIS) based data model that will help the Army quantify internal and external encroachment on Army training lands and ranges. Data from the ECM will front load the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management's new Installation Status Report-Natural Infrastructure (ISR-NI).
  • The ISR-NI provides an analysis of the capability of natural infrastructure (land, air, water, and energy) to support mission requirements. It will tie all ranges, training complexes and associated encroachment factors together to provide an overall rating for the installation based on specific training requirements derived from G3/5/7 and use of geospatial data.
  • The fielding of the Range Managers Toolkit, which enables range managers to display safety impacts associated with live fire training on a GIS platform. The toolkit, developed jointly with the U.S. Marine Corps, also includes a module to assess noise impacts on the surrounding communities.
  • The fielding of the SRP Outreach Training Support Package is designed to assist installations in communicating with, and educating the public on, the importance of live-fire training.
  • The fielding of a GIS--based Range Complex Master Plan is an automated tool that supports integrated decision making to support sustainable ranges.
  • Executing the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, which is a powerful tool to work in partnership with state and local governments and conservation groups to establish buffer areas outside the installation boundary, and to mitigate encroachment impacts on installations. The Army has executed the program at 24 locations representing 81,500 acres.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is continuing its efforts to beta test and field the automated Installation Range Complex Master Plan and continue efforts to protect installations from encroachment through the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program. We are implementing new initiatives focused on reducing restrictions to training through outreach, research, and innovative management practices, and by quantifying encroachment factors that restrict training.

Why is this important to the Army?
Fighting and winning the Nation's wars is the foundation of the non-negotiable contract that the Army has with the American people. Therefore, the Army must train and maintain the highest readiness levels. To do this, training must replicate realistic combat conditions. Army ranges and training lands provide the basis to ensure Soldier and unit proficiency. The Sustainable Range Program will drive the Army's efforts to ensure the continuing capability of its ranges and training lands to meet the mission requirements.

 
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