Strategic Integration

Installations Strategy

U.S. Army releases new Installations Strategy

The Army recently released its new Installations Strategy, which will guide future decision-making processes as Army installations transform into platforms that support multi-domain operations. The strategy identifies the need for modernized, resilient and sustainable installations and outlines how every installation will be a "smart" platform of capabilities, utilizing connected sensors to enhance operational capacity and improve the delivery of services.

"Installations are the platforms from which the Army builds culture, trains and projects power, "said the Honorable Alex A. Beehler, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. "The AIS addresses a range of emerging requirements related to MDO and the Army People and Modernization Strategies, and will protect installations from new and emerging threats as we adopt the 'smart cities' technologies increasingly prevalent across the country."

Strategic Integration is responsible for providing strategic direction for the resource planning and allocation process for Army installations (~$17 Billion annually), developing strategies and planning for installation modernization, and integrating with broader Army strategic planning efforts, all of which allow the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment [ASA (IE&E)] to carry out Title 10 responsibilities for the Secretary of the Army.

Army Directive 2020-11, Roles and Responsibilities for Installation Operations

In performing these functions, Strategic Integration represents the ASA(IE&E) in key areas:

  • Overseeing the installation portion of the 5-year resourcing program (~$17B/yr) to ensure due consideration is given to installation activities within a contested homeland. Responsibilities include developing policy and funding guidance for facilities investment, military construction, installations, Army real estate, energy and water security, sustainability, operational energy, renewable energy, sustainability, environment, emerging protection issues for Installation Modernization, safety, and occupational health (GO 2020-01)

  • Providing oversight for strategic planning and the Planning Programming Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process; participating in Army's business transformation efforts; policy and strategy development as well as primary oversight for the preparation, justification, and defense of the installations and Environment portion of the Army Program Objective Memorandum (POM) and Budget.

  • Engaging in Army Strategic Planning which includes numerous Army efforts to produce The Army Plan (TAP) documents: Army Vision, Army Strategy (AS), Army Planning Guidance (APG), Army Program Guidance Memorandum (APGM), and Army Campaign Plan (ACP); the Army Posture Statement and many other forums.

  • Planning for the future of Army installations by providing research, analyses, and policy formulation for future installation requirements, transformational strategies and performance metrics for the Installations of the Future (IOTF) Initiative.  A cornerstone document will be an "Installations Strategy" that will address the changing strategic and operational environment for installations in the Strategic Support Area (SSA) of Multi Domain Operations (MDO).

  • Supporting ASA(IE&E) with Ad Hoc Strategic Integration Issues:
    • Quality of Life Task Force
    • COVID – 19 Lessons Learned
    • IE&E Off-sites / Strategic Planning
    • Reform Integration
    • Cyber Security / Network Integration

  • Coordinating internal IE&E Resource Management to include the ASA(IE&E) organization’s operating budget, human capital, facilities and administrative support.

INSTALLATIONS OF THE FUTURE (IotF) INITIATIVE
IotF refers to a multi-year effort by the OASA(IEE) to develop the insights required to fulfill its GO-1 requirements of providing advice to the Secretary of the Army and "strategic direction" to the Army Installation Management enterprise. The OASA(IEE) relies, in part, on the knowledge and insights gained through IotF efforts when addressing Army priorities of Readiness, Modernization, Reform and our People.

IotF started in 2017 when OASA(IEE) partnered with TRADOC to examine Army installations through the same 12 global trends impacting the Army's Future Operational Environment (OE). Initial observations were tested and refined through a series of research, study and symposium activities. The knowledge and insights gained through these activities, plus the advancements of "smart cities" initiatives across the country, informs a range of key Army documents and efforts.

IotF activities generated three broad findings.

First, significant new requirements are being placed on Army installations serving as initial maneuver platforms in the Strategic Support Area of MDO. Activities such as intelligence fusion, command and control, and strategic sustainment will increasingly take place at CONUS installations. Fielding of new equipment, creation of synthetic training environments and implementation of new holistic health and fitness programs all generate new requirements for installations.

Second, the very nature of threats facing installations have evolved. The Army must anticipate and prepare for the disruption of all activities on our installations, particularly those related to mobilization and deployment. Threats include cyber-attacks on energy services, information operations targeting soldiers and family members, and unconventional kinetic attacks (drones) on key infrastructure such as ports and airfields. "Threats" video

Third, emerging "smart cities" technologies offer opportunities to modernize installations, promote resilience and increase cost effectiveness. The Army's future soldiers (70% urban) are growing up in "smart cities" and will increasingly expect Army installations to provide similar internet-enabled services. "Future Installations" video

Research activities undertaken to date include:

  1. Mad Scientist event, June 2018. Partnership with TRADOC and Georgia Tech, brought together experts from public and private sectors to look at future factors impacting installation readiness.
  2. Army Science Board, 2018. Expanded an Internet of Things (IOT) study focused on the battlefield to examine how OT would impact Army installations.
  3. Industry Day, October 2020. Industry and Army functional experts discussed technology applications within an installation environment and to collect information for pilot projects.
  4. Rand study, April 2020. Concluded: Army is unprepared and requires an integrated, comprehensive approach to counter the complexity of emerging threats to its installation.
  5. Toffler Associates pdf report,September 2019.  Leader and industry expert interviews led to a concept of a connected installation/constellation of connected installations.
  6. Energy resilience exercises, 2019. Conducted total power shutdowns at three major installations to discover shortcomings in power resilience.
  7. SaRI/VTIME. In concert with USACE/ERDC, data analytic and modelling tool to simulate variety of effects on Army installations from MILCON to cyber-attacks.
  8. Industry/Soldier Outreach. Presentations and engagement at a variety of industry forums. The G9 led listening sessions at five installations to gain young Soldier feedback.
  9. Report to Congress pdf outlining an installation test and demonstration program focused on application of existing technology to create "smart installations".
  10. Makers Space report, published July 2020. Tests whether a multi-use space within an MWR operation attracts Soldiers to learn additive manufacturing skills to improve job performance and provide upskilling opportunities.