Amid dozens of BRAC recommendations intended to transform the military’s infrastructure as well as its missions, the changes occurring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are particularly notable, according to a two-part series this week by DOD’s American Forces Press Service.
On the infrastructure side, the 2005 round is bringing significant growth — more than 6,500 people and $1 billion in construction — as well as a large-scale plan to demolish World War I-era and World War II-era buildings. The economic downturn saved the Army large chunks of cash, producing competition among construction firms and sending bids up to 40 percent below original estimates.
Elements relocating from Fort Monmouth, N.J., Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Belvoir, Va., are creating a C4ISR [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] Center of Excellence at the proving ground. The moves reinforce Aberdeen’s research, development, testing and evaluation mission focused on ensuring warfighters have the best possible equipment and technology to succeed on the battlefield.