The Army’s mission is to defend those things most prized by all nations: our people, our land, and our resources. Resources worth defending are worth protecting, and by protecting historic resources, the Army safeguards our nation’s heritage and supports its national defense mission. The Army has 154 installations and manages 14 million acres. The Army owns more historic buildings and manages more historic housing units than any other federal agency. The Army manages over 30,000 historic housing units. With this large inventory of historic buildings comes an equally large statutory obligation under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
With that inventory and statutory obligation-in the context of reports of deficient conditions impacting quality of life, health, and safety of families residing in historic Army housing-the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E) established a Strategic Agenda for Army National Historic Preservation Act Improvement (NHPA Strategy). In accordance with that strategy, the Army will work with the ACHP to achieve further efficiencies in the NHPA for its historic housing and pursue programmatic solutions to achieve more efficient and effective NHPA compliance.
In 2020, the ACHP and the Army entered into a partnership to implement the Army’s NHPA Strategy through the consideration of a range of policy solutions, including program alternatives to tailor the Section 106 review process (36 CFR Part 800). The partnership provides for a full-time staff member in the ACHP's Office of Federal Agency Programs, who assists the Army Federal Preservation Officer in the development and implementation of programmatic solutions and serves as the dedicated liaison providing technical support and assistance and program and project review for the Army and Army Reserve.