"If we were to allow our enemies to prevail in Iraq, the violence that is now declining would accelerate - and Iraq would descend into chaos. Out of such chaos in Iraq, the terrorist movement could emerge emboldened, with new recruits, new resources, and an even greater determination to dominate the region and harm America."
-President George W. Bush, speaking to a gathering of military members at the Pentagon, March 19, 2008
President Bush on 5 years: removing Saddam right decision
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Military Construction Program
What is it?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Military Programs mission area is facing its largest workload since World War II. The USACE team, comprising approximately 33,000 Civilians and nearly 600 Soldiers, relies heavily on its teammates from private industry to meet the intense military construction demand brought about by Army transformation, global restationing, and base realignment and closure.
Between fiscal years 2006 and 2011, the Corps will manage an Army military construction program totaling an estimated $40 billion. Military construction will peak in fiscal 2008 and 2009 at about $10 billion per year.
What has the Corps done?
Some of the quality projects that this $40 billion program is providing servicemembers and their Families include: 125 child development centers, accommodating nearly 20,000 children; 112 Armed Forces Reserve Centers or Army Reserve Centers; approximately 56,000 permanent barracks and more than 31,000 training barracks; nearly 4,000 family housing units; approximately 2,000 acres of military equipment parking and motor pool space; 13 Brigade Combat Team complexes; and 130 ranges.
Our military construction program is spread out around the world, with the Southeast managing more than 120 projects. In the Southwest, military construction placement at Fort Bliss is averaging $10 million per week. This will result in a building being delivered every week for the next 5 years. In the Pacific region, Alaska will gain 780 housing units during the next two years, and the Corps will continue the massive construction underway in Korea, with Camp Humphreys planned as the new home of the U.S. Forces Korea by 2012. Approximately $8 million is budgeted there for more than 2,300 acres of land, 600 new buildings, a golf course, roads and other infrastructure.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
To ensure efficiency and effectiveness, while delivering the facilities the Soldiers and their Families need, the Corps and Army leadership transformed the military construction process. Our goal is to provide projects at a 15 percent cost savings while reducing construction time by 30 percent. It's a bold initiative that's been very successful and will continue to deliver high quality products to the men and women who need them, on time and under budget.
Why is this important to the Army?
It is up to the dedicated men and women of the Corps to ensure that as thousands of servicemembers arrive at their new duty stations, the barracks, family housing, child development centers, training facilities and office buildings are in place and ready to go. The Corps is key to the Army's ability to "Enhance quality of support to Soldiers and Families to preserve the strength of the all volunteer force."
For more information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
. 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
. Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
. Army Public Affairs Portal
. Stories of Valor