The Marine Corps is taking the first steps toward creating the installation of the future by adopting smart city and advanced transportation technologies, according to written testimony released before a House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee hearing Tuesday. “Tomorrow’s Marine Corps installations will look much different than those in existence today,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Dana, deputy commandant for installations and logistics. The Marine Corps is modernizing how and where it trains — and the systems that support those facilities — advancing its protection capabilities and increasing its resiliency.
“We are creating an atmosphere of innovation to enhance our power projection capability and build a foundation for emerging technologies such as smart buildings, better traffic patterns and more efficient service delivery,” he stated.
Dana’s testimony also described the impact of past funding constraints on the state of its infrastructure. Of the Corps’ 30,000 facilities, 17 percent are in poor or failing condition, yet still in use and maintained with limited resources. Its backlog of facility sustainment, restoration and modernization requirements has grown to $9 billion. His testimony called on Congress to support the Corps’ new construction requirements and its infrastructure reset strategy to improve readiness and quality of life.
A webcast of the hearing on the Marine Corps’ readiness posture, along with the witnesses’ written testimony, can be found on the committee website.
Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa Pon