Improving Reliability of Utility Infrastructures for Resiliency – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142179

Problem: Our nation’s aging infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable today.  This is caused by both shrinking maintenance and sustainment budgets and compounded by a variety of extreme weather, physical and cyber threats.  The United States (U.S.) military infrastructure systems and defense industrial base are also vulnerable, and it could be argued they are even more of a target due to the strategic nature of their role in the defense of our nation.

Benefit: This initiative will benefit the maintenance and sustainment of infrastructure elements not only for the Army, but also the Navy, Air Force, public institutions such as universities, medical campuses, and industrial complexes trying to improve their utility infrastructure and management.

Solution/Approach: Phase II will provide key findings and recommendations based on the review of a representative sample of Army-owned and Army-operated utility systems at up to eight installations.  The project team will focus on analyzing Army-owned and Army-operated electric, water, wastewater, and gas utilities to determine current system condition and maintenance practices and compare the information to industry best practices to provide recommendations to reduce cost and improve maintenance, sustainment, and resiliency of infrastructure operations.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve management of utility systems 
  • Increase insight into cyber security vulnerabilities 
  • Enhance readiness across the DOD 
  • Reduce unplanned or unnecessary costs  

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), G-9 (Installations) 
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) 
  • Army Materiel Command (observer) 
  • Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA), Installations, Energy and Environment (IE&E) (observer) 

Industry Participation:

  • Guidehouse LLP
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Facilities and industrial process modernization