USAR Facilities Investment Strategy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What is it?

The Army Reserve Facilities Investment Strategy (ARFIS) provides a comprehensive direction for facility management across the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR). The ARFIS is aligned with the goals of the U.S. Army Facility Investment Strategy (AFIS) and Total Army Analysis in order to achieve operational flexibility while practicing good stewardship over our facilities and resources. ARFIS ensures the Army Reserve optimizes the use of available facilities and training platforms through judicious planning, oversight and implementation of Army funded programs supporting our Citizen Soldiers.

What has the Army Reserve done?

The USAR has defined criteria and metrics to evaluate facilities, categorizing each to be “enduring” and appropriate for long-term retention or “not enduring” and appropriate for alternative action until divestment can be realized. The USAR defined a holistic approach to life cycle management that balances four mitigation strategies to achieve the desired end state in the most economical way. It seeks to sustain existing facilities that currently meet the enduring facility criteria, enhance the quality of those existing facilities located in desired recruitment and operational areas capable of meeting the criteria for an enduring facility, construct effective replacements to compensate for critical shortfalls and failing facilities and reduce facility inventory through disposal or demolitions of non-enduring facilities that are excess.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Department of Defense has been directed to comply with clearly defined Congressional and Executive Order mandates regarding sustainability, energy metering, green house gas emission reductions, energy consumption and security, expansion of the use of renewable energy sources, achievement of “Net-Zero” in water, waste and energy, and operational energy requirements to enhance safety of our Soldiers. The ARFIS defines which of the Army Reserve’s facilities have long-term enduring value, which also informs which facilities are appropriate for investment as sustainable locations.

Why is this important to the Army?

The AFIS was developed and approved to optimize Army enterprise application of scarce resources. It is the Army’s intent to sustain needed facilities, dispose of excess unneeded facilities, improve the quality of retained facilities and build-out critical facility shortfalls.

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