The Military Installation Sustainability program of assistance is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to states and local governments to analyze and implement actions necessary to foster, protect, and enhance military installation sustainability. This program encompasses the previous Compatible Use/Joint Land Use Study program as well as the recently authorized Installation Resiliency Authority.
The program alleviates and prevents incompatible development and/or other man-made or natural installation resiliency activities likely to impair the continued operational utility of a Department of Defense installation, range, special use air space, military operations area, or military training route. The program enables states and local governments to assist installations to optimize their mission and sustain their installation, and enhances the long-term readiness and military value of the power projection platform.
Historically, military installations were located in remote areas, due largely to the availability of land and for security purposes. Over time, installations drew both people and businesses closer to the fence line to take advantage of civilian job opportunities the installation offered and provide the goods and services to support the installation’s operations. In some cases, the increased number of people and civilian development has affected the military’s ability to effectively train and accomplish the mission.
Military installation resilience is defined as the capability of a military installation to avoid, prepare for, minimize the effect of, adapt to, and recover from extreme weather events, or from anticipated or unanticipated changes in environmental conditions, that do, or have the potential to, adversely affect the military installation or essential transportation, logistical, or other necessary resources outside of the military installation that are necessary in order to maintain, improve, or rapidly reestablish installation mission assurance and mission-essential functions.
This program is designed to help communities make informed decisions by enabling states and communities to partner with local commands to respond to, address, and mitigate activities that are either impairing or likely to impair the use of the installation. When done successfully, it increases military value of the installation by preserving the military mission.
If your community has not completed a Compatible Use Study in the last five years, you should consider the benefits of conducting one or updating your previous study.
There are several different factors of sustainability the Office of Economic Adjustment addresses through this program to include (but not limited to):
Military Installation Sustainability grantees may find themselves working with other Department of Defense agencies, Military Services, and Federal agencies in addition to the Office of Economic Adjustment. These may include:
Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse,
Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration,
Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and
United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development.
The technical assistance starts with a dedicated project manager who serves as a grantee's go-to resource, providing guidance throughout the entire process, to include the ability to bring other agencies and Department of Defense offices into the process.
The primary components of this program are the Compatible Use Study and the Military Installation Resilience Review. These studies are comprehensive tools used by state and local governments to develop strategies that allow them to grow, while supporting the military mission.
Like the other Office of Economic Adjustment programs, Compatible Use follows the Organize, Plan, Implement model.
During this phase of the project, the grantee works with the region to identify stakeholders, define the study area based on military operations footprint, and establish the Sustainment Policy Committee and technical working group(s). Typically, participants include representatives of the military installation (in ex-officio status), all jurisdictions adjacent to the installation, and other jurisdictions that may be affected by sustainability factors. State agencies, non-profits, property owners, and others may be involved as well. This organizational phase of the process is the foundation for success of any sustainment project.
At this stage of the process, the Policy Committee and technical working group(s) develop the study through assessment of baseline conditions. This will include identification of compatibility and resiliency challenges, current and future development patterns and activities, and areas of potential conflict. The study will identify strategies and priorities as well as implementation actions to carry out the recommendations. Eligible activities often include:
In addressing encroachment, grantees may at the same time develop initiatives to enhance the security and resiliency of a military installation.
Results are expected from a Military Installation Sustainability grant effort. While recommendations are non-binding, states and communities are asked to make a good faith commitment before the program is funded that recommendations will be approved and incorporated or adopted into local planning and community development decisions/activities that directly impact the military mission.
Recommendations are used to help local jurisdictions guide community development and infrastructure investments that protects and preserves military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting continued economic development and public health, safety, and general welfare of those living and working near an active military installation. The Policy Committee will approve and prioritize implementation strategies within their community. The intent is to ensure that future public and private development and infrastructure investments around the military installation will continue to protect the military mission and the needs of the community.
Although it is expected that the grantee will develop a way to sustain this effort, additional funding assistance may be available to carry out specific recommendations identified in a Military Installation Sustainability grant.
States, counties, municipalities, other political subdivisions of a state; special purpose units of a state or local government; other instrumentalities of a state or local government; and tribal nations are eligible if:
(a) Office of Economic Adjustment determines there is existing or potential encroachment of a civilian origin on the local military mission and this encroachment of civilian origin is likely to impair the continued operational utility of a military installation.
(b) OEA determines there is a current, future, or potential threat to military installation resilience that involve, or may be significantly impacted by, resources or activities outside of the military installation and that this threat to military installation resilience is likely to impair the military installation’s ability to maintain, improve, or rapidly reestablish installation mission assurance and mission-essential functions.
The relevant Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance listings are:
CFDA 12.610 Community and Economic Adjustment Assistance for Compatible Use and Joint Land Use Studies
CFDA 12.003 Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Responding to Threats to the Resilience of a Military Installation
Cost sharing is required. A minimum of ten percent (10%) of the project’s total proposed funding is to be comprised of non-Federal sources.
There are two ways a community can participate in the Military Installation Sustainability program:
The Office of Economic Adjustment will evaluate existing or potential sustainability issues to determine if a community proposal is reasonable, allowable, and allocable as well as beneficial to preserving the military mission.
See Terms and Conditions for more information.
For more information about the Office of Economic Adjustment and the Military Installation Sustainability program of assistance, please contact:
David R. Kennedy
Interim Program Director, Military Installation Sustainability