Key Trends That Will Shape Army Installations of Tomorrow

Key Trends That Will Shape Army Installations of Tomorrow

Beth E. Lachman
Agnes Gereben Schaefer
Nidhi Kalra
Scott Hassell
Kimberly Curry Hall
Aimee E. Curtright
David E. Mosher
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 347
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    Key Trends That Will Shape Army Installations of Tomorrow
    Book Description:

    Army installations of the future will most likely be shaped and influenced by trends and pressures external to the Army, such as technology changes and land-use pressures. RAND Arroyo Center conducted a study for the Army’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management to assess how future trends external to Army installations may affect the Army’s ability to provide quality installation services and infrastructure.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8269-5
    Subjects: Business, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xxii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  8. Acronyms
    (pp. xxv-xxviii)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    The Army’s installations play a crucial role in preparing units to carry out their missions both at home and worldwide and in sustaining the readiness of individual Soldiers and their Families. The Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) conducts strategic planning to help shape the Army’s installations of the future. In such planning, it seeks to understand the issues and trends that installations will have to cope with so as to better plan, manage, and budget for installations of the future. OACSIM recognizes that many societal trends, policies, technology developments, and other sources of influence...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Land Development and Environmental Trends
    (pp. 7-58)

    This chapter discusses some key land development and environmental trends and why they are important to Army installations. Issues discussed in this chapter include:

    Loss of biodiversity

    Urbanization, sprawling communities, and increased development

    Climate change

    Water scarcity

    These issues were grouped together in this chapter because of the interrelationships among them. However, they also relate to other topic areas in other parts of this report, such as energy and sustainable communities. Other environmental issues are also discussed in other chapters, such as Chapter Three, which focuses on sustainable communities, agriculture, and transportation, and Chapter Four, which discusses buildings and energy....

  11. CHAPTER THREE Sustainability: Communities, Transportation, and Agriculture Trends
    (pp. 59-110)

    This chapter discusses three key areas of sustainability: community, transportation, and agriculture. At first glance, it may not be clear how these trends are relevant to the Army, but they are important to Army installations because of quality of life issues for those who work and live on them. Some of these issues, such as investments in transportation infrastructure, can also have cost implications. These topics are grouped together because of the interrelationships between sustainable communities, transportation, and sustainable agriculture.

    We begin by discussing sustainable communities.

    In this section we discuss the activities and trends related to sustainable communities and...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Buildings and Energy Trends
    (pp. 111-170)

    This chapter discusses sustainable buildings and energy trends, which have significant implications for the Army in terms of future costs, the ability to meet future regulations and installation requirements, and the opportunity to obtain future benefits. The topics of sustainable buildings and energy are closely related given that energy management is a key consideration in developing sustainable buildings, and that buildings consume a large portion of installations’ total energy use. We begin by discussing sustainable buildings.

    In this section we discuss the activities and trends related to sustainable buildings and the implications they have for Army installations.

    Buildings are long-lived...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE Information Technology Trends
    (pp. 171-206)

    In this chapter we discuss how key trends in information technology may affect Army installations. We use the term “information technology” to refer to software, computing, and computer-related systems. Our study began with a broad survey of information technology trends, including, among others, pervasive computing, online communities, education technology, biometrics, cyber security, and robotics. This chapter discusses three of these areas that have the most significant implications for Army installations in particular: online communities, pervasive computing, and robotics. Importantly, the other areas, such as education technology and cyber security, do have implications for the Army as a whole and parts...

  14. CHAPTER SIX Relevant Societal Trends
    (pp. 207-244)

    U.S. society has changed significantly in the last 50 years. For instance, fewer families today resemble the idealized family of the 1950s and 1960s—the house in the suburbs, a working father and stay-at-home mother, two children. Instead, extended and nontraditional families are common, as are households in which both parents work. Simultaneously, there has been a tremendous rise in new media—television, video games, the Internet—that have shaped the way people live, work, learn, play, and engage in their communities.

    In this chapter we discuss how key social trends may affect Army installations in the future. We use...

  15. CHAPTER SEVEN Conclusions and Main Recommendations
    (pp. 245-264)

    In this chapter we present the overarching conclusions and recommendations for this study. We begin by discussing the general and cross-cutting conclusions and then we discuss findings and recommendations in each of the trend areas examined in depth for this study.

    In examining external trends to Army installations out to the year 2025, we found that such trends are likely to impact installations in many different ways and in many different areas. Trends have the potential to cause harm to installation operations including testing, training, and constructing activities; to cost or save the Army significant amounts in the future; to...

  16. APPENDIX A Background on Political, Economic, and Demographic Trends
    (pp. 265-274)
  17. APPENDIX B Background on RAND Study of Soldier and Family Problems and Installation Support Needs
    (pp. 275-278)
  18. Bibliography
    (pp. 279-319)