Sustainability is a critical enabler in the performance of the Army’s mission, as its importance and benefits cut across the entire Army enterprise. As a foundation, the Army is integrating sustainability into its four lines of operation – materiel, military training, personnel, and services and infrastructure. By implementing sustainability principles and practices, the Army is decreasing future mission constraints, increasing operational flexibility and resilience, safeguarding human health and the environment, and improving quality of life for Soldiers and local communities.

Multiple non-market tools (NMV) were assessed in order to develop and demonstrate a framework that incorporates NMV principles into the Army’s investment process. A pilot science and technology project at Fort Riley, Kansas, was used to test the most relevant NMV methods to the Army. These methods have the potential to add significant internal (Army) and external (non-Army) information related to uncovering economic values for proposed infrastructure projects.

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