Rock Island Arsenal prime candidate for proposed pilot program that would modernize management of surplus military real estate
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today joined his colleagues, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), and Reps. Cheri Bustos (Ill.-17) and Dave Loebsack (Iowa-02) to send a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to urge the authorization for the United States Army to launch a pilot program that certain users could access for details about Army real estate.
Earlier this year, Grassley advocated for a provision to authorize the Army to catalog and detail surplus Army real estate in the National Defense Authorization Act. As the conference committee continues to work on a final version of the legislation, the lawmakers are advocating for this innovative program’s inclusion.
This tool could resemble a commercial online real estate tool for the Army, allowing authorized users to find productive uses for unoccupied land and buildings that would otherwise go unnoticed and unused.
“If successful, this pilot program could quickly be adopted across the Department of Defense, turning a small investment now into potentially millions of dollars in savings later. Until then however, countless acres and buildings sit idly by across the enterprise. As responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, we must capitalize upon these untapped resources,” the members wrote.
The Rock Island Arsenal hosts the Army’s Advanced and Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence partners military, private-sector, and academic organizations to think outside the box in developing cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities in support of national security. This pilot program like the one Congresswoman Bustos proposed could pave the way for a fresh influx of talent and opportunity into Army installations like the Rock Island Arsenal.
Full text of the letter can be found HERE.