Cuts in Base Support to Boost Army’s Reliance on Partnering

San Antonio — One approach the Army will pursue to cope with limits on funding for installation services is partnering with communities and base operating support contractors, Joe Calcara, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations and housing, said at the outset of a super session at the ADC 2011 Winter Forum on how partnerships can advance installation efficiency.

Calcara described the approach, termed “integrated sourcing,” as the latest evolution of strategic outsourcing. The Army likely would look to partner with either a community municipal services provider or an existing contractor that can promise to offer significant savings at a particular installation.

Budget constraints also may force the service to consider contracting services such as healthcare and counseling to community-based organizations. “There may be renewed vigor in trying to make those work,” he said.

Another area ripe for partnering is energy development through enhanced use leasing. Projects need to make economic sense, Calcara stressed. Projects with a payback period approaching 40 or more years will not be viable, he said.

The Navy also will be looking to the private sector to help the service become more efficient, said Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s principal deputy assistant secretary for installations and environment. Natsuhara urged industry to approach officials with ideas. “[And] we’ll drive it through,” he said.

In a climate of belt-tightening, installations costs are a particular concern to the Navy given the number of its bases that are located in high-cost areas. Such circumstances lead officials to assess whether a given installation is fiscally sustainable. One factor is the community’s willingness to support the base.

“That’s what is important to us,” Natsuhara said.

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