"So my message for the American soldiers in Afghanistan is that they have liberated us from tyranny, from terrorism, from oppression, from occupation into a country that is now moving towards prosperity, that is once again the home of all Afghans.Therefore, the continuation of this fight in Afghanistan, in which all of us participate, is actually working for all of us around the world and in Afghanistan, for which we are grateful."-Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai speaking durnig his visit to the Pentagon on September 25, 2006.
Army Environmental Programs
What is it? The Army's environmental programs encompass a broad range of installation efforts that sustain Soldier training and readiness, protect natural resources, and provide a healthy environment for Soldiers, their families and surrounding communities.
What has the Army done? Over the past year, the Army has developed innovative environmental programs and streamlined existing efforts targeted to save installations valuable time and money. The environmental compliance deficiency resolution process illustrates these savings. This process provides installation staff with a direct line of assistance to the garrison commander for addressing unexpected environmental issues. By allowing installations the power to handle these unforeseen deficiencies, they can be resolved in as little as 30 days versus a process that used to take up to two years. Fixing these unexpected challenges before they become more serious minimizes total costs, precludes detrimental impacts on mission activities and demonstrates effective management. Performance-Based Contracts (PBCs) are another way the Army is creating efficiencies while improving effectiveness. By using PBCs, the Army is able to buy effective and safe environmental cleanups for a fixed price and a set schedule by dictating what the objectives are and when they need to be reached, rather than how contractors will achieve those objectives. Since 2000, the Army has awarded 40 PBCs at 58 active installations, resulting in a cost avoidance of $216 million. Those dollars have been reinvested into the program to further expedite installation cleanups.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Another innovation is a unique program created to protect the vital functions of training ranges from incompatible land uses outside installation boundaries.
For more additional information on Army Environmental Programs
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.