SUSTAIN THE MISSION.
SECURE THE FUTURE.
STRATEGY FOR THE
The Army Strategy for the Environment
“Sustain the Mission – Secure the Future”
The United States Army has long recognized that our mission is only accomplished
because America entrusts us with its most precious resources – its sons and daughters.
It is our obligation to ensure that our Soldiers today – and the Soldiers of the future –
have the land, water, and air resources they need to train; a healthy environment in
which to live; and the support of local communities and the American people.
The new Army Strategy for the Environment: Sustain the Mission – Secure the
Future establishes a long-range vision that enables the Army to meet its mission today
and into the future. Sustainability is the foundation for this Strategy and a paradigm that
focuses our thinking to address both present and future needs while strengthening
community partnerships that improve our ability to organize, equip, train, and deploy our
Soldiers as part of the joint force.
Sustainability connects our activities today to those of tomorrow with sound
business and environmental practices. We have learned over the past decades that
simply complying with environmental regulations will not ensure that we will be able
to sustain our mission. We must strive to become systems thinkers if we are to benefit
from the interrelationships of the triple bottom line of sustainability: mission,
environment, and community. To sustain the future Army we must implement effective
policies and practices that safeguard the environment and our quality of life in a manner
that our nation expects of us.
The Army Strategy for the Environment does not pretend to dictate all the answers.
It is only the starting point that commits Army leaders at all levels to certain goals and
challenges them to develop innovative methods to achieve these goals. Achieving the
vision outlined in this strategy will require a deep and personal commitment from every
member of the Army team – every leader, every Soldie