As we approach the installation of the future 2025 and beyond, it is essential that the Army leverages all available authorities to increase installation readiness, efficiently utilize resources, and modernize the Army. Critical to this effort is the formation of partnerships with local, state, and federal communities and agencies. Partnerships include cover a full spectrum of agreements, from formal Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSA) to less formal Memorandum of Agreements/Understanding (MOA/MOU). This effort places greater emphasis on partnerships and calls for greater action within our installation communities. Engagement through these partnerships is critical as we seek policy, program and technological advances that can be leveraged by our installations.
The benefits of these partnerships are widespread as the Army looks to leverage partnerships with communities. “Shared problems equal shared solutions” is not just a catch phrase but an active initiative that the Army seeks to capitalize on. Fostering these partnerships will become increasingly vital as the Army and communities work to mitigate budget and resource shortfalls.
By leveraging the Intergovernmental Agreement Authority, the money saved, which on average is showing about 30 percent, can be reinvested in family programs and provides services that may not otherwise be available due to funding shortages. Money saved and efficiencies gained allow the military to focus on other priority requirements.