Sustainable Range Program (SRP)
Over the course of the past several decades, increasing limitations on the Army's ranges have become a serious challenge. This challenge, which is referred to as encroachment, is caused by external factors such as urbanization; increasing environmental restrictions; competition for airspace, land, and electro-magnetic spectrum; and the public's reduced perception of national security threats. Many of these external factors are well-recognized influences involving long-term trends. For example, urban sprawl is a serious trend that is transforming Army ranges and training lands into islands of biodiversity. Consequently, as surrounding populations increase around these once remote sites, the value of the natural resources on Army ranges and training lands increases as does the regulation and application of environmental constraints to these resources.
In addition, unlike thirty years ago, today's public is less likely to have personal military experience so there is less familiarity with the sights, sounds, and purposes of Army training. Often, the public's impressions of Army training are limited to the noise, smoke, and lack of access to some of the most pristine natural landscapes in their regions.
The Army recognizes the cumulative weight of these external factors as directly impacting the capability, availability, and accessibility of its ranges and training lands. Mitigating the external pressures on its ranges and training lands is essential to the Sustainable Range Program and for ensuring support of mission requirements.
The Sustainable Range Program is the Army's overall approach for improving the way in which it designs, manages, and uses its ranges to ensure long-term sustainability. SRP is defined by its two core programs, the Range and Training Land Program (RTLP) and the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) Program, which focus on the doctrinal capability of the Army's ranges and training land. To ensure the accessibility and availability of Army ranges and training land, the SRP core programs are integrated with the facilities management, environmental management, munitions management, and safety program functions supporting the doctrinal capability.
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