of Installation Management (TIM)
Recognizing the requirement to enhance support to commanders,
the Secretary of the Army directed the reorganization of The Army's
management structure. On October 1, 2002, The Army placed the management
of Army installations under the Installation
Management Agency (IMA). IMA is a new field-operating agency
of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM).
Its mission is to provide equitable, efficient, and effective management
of Army installations worldwide to support readiness; enable the
well-being of Soldiers, civilians and family members; improve infrastructure;
and preserve the environment. This new management approach eliminates
the migration of base operations funds to other operational accounts
below the HQDA level. It also enables the development of multi-functional
installations to support evolving force structure and Army Transformation
needs. The Army is poised to capitalize on opportunities TIM gives
us to provide excellence in installations.
Two programs that significantly increase the well-being of our Soldiers
and their families are the Barracks and the Family Housing programs.
The Army established the Barracks Upgrade Program (BUP) in the late
1990’s to improve single Soldiers’ housing conditions.
Through 2002, we have upgraded or funded-for-upgrade 70% of our
permanent party barracks to Soldier suites that consist of two single
bedrooms with a shared bath and common area. The Army will continue
the BUP until all permanent party barracks achieve this standard.
With the strong support of Congress, The Army established the Residential
Communities Initiative (RCI) for our families. This program capitalizes
on commercial expertise and private capital to perform a non-core
function for The Army – family housing management. The program
provides greater value to The Army by eliminating the housing deficit
at our first eleven sites, while leveraging a $209M Army investment
into $4.1B of initial private development. The Army's privatization
program began with four pilot projects and will expand to 18 active
projects by the end of FY03. Pending OSD and Congressional approval,
28 projects are planned through 2006 that will impact over 72,000
housing units or 80% of Army Family Housing in the United States.
By the end of 2007, we will have the programs and projects in place
to meet the OSD goal of eliminating inadequate family housing. We
will accomplish this goal through RCI and increased Army investment
in family housing Military Construction (MILCON) at non-privatized
installations. The Reserve Component (RC) enhances RCI through real
property exchange authority that is only available to the RC. This
legislative authority allows the exchange of RC owned property with
public or private entities and has a tremendous potential to improve
future Reserve Component infrastructure at no governmental cost.
The Army has also aggressively reduced its financial burden and
physical footprint by disposing of 34% of its facilities from a
1990 high of 116 billion square feet. The Army anticipates that
the Congressional FY05 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) authority
will permit additional appropriate reductions. BRAC will enable
The Army to dispose of excess infrastructure and realign the remaining
facilities with the requirements of the transforming Army and the
Objective Force. BRAC will also allow The Army to re-allocate resources
from closed or realigned installations to other high priority requirements.
The Army continues to improve its utilities infrastructure by divesting
itself of non-core utility systems’ operation and maintenance
through privatization. As of December 2002, we had privatized 64
of the 351 systems in the program, and we have an additional 104
presently under negotiation.
As part of our Army
Knowledge Management (AKM) – described later in more detail
– we are modernizing our Installation Information Infrastructure
– infostructure – to support a network centric,
knowledge-based Army. The Installation Information Infrastructure
Modernization Program (I3MP) executes a multi-year, $3.2B program
for upgrades to optical fiber and copper cable, installation of
advanced digital equipment, and upgrades to Defense Global Information
Grid gateways. This program will ensure worldwide, high-speed data
connectivity at Army installations. To date, we have completed 22
of 95 CONUS installations and initiated upgrades at four installations
outside of the continental United States (OCONUS). We plan to complete
I3MP in 2009.