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» Force Projection and Maneuver Support

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 Civil Works and Infrastructure

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Force Projection and Maneuver Support

This GSL research area focuses on providing technologies to enable power projection and freedom of maneuver for U.S. forces throughout the world. Technologies being investigated as a part of this area include expedient airfields and rapid runway repair, remote engineering assessment, rapid port enhancement and bridging, and countermine and counter improvised explosive devices. A number of facilities and equipment systems have been developed to support this GSL research. For additional information concerning this research area, e-mail the GSL Technical Director for Force Projection and Maneuver Support.

Force Protection and Weapons Effects

This GSL research area focuses on providing technologies to protect the warfighter/national security by integrating passive and active technologies. Technologies supported as a part of this area include protective structural systems, terrorist threat protection, scalable weapons effects, advanced protection materials, and tunnel detection. For additional information concerning this research area, e-mail the GSL Technical Director for Survivability and Protective Structures.

Civil Works and Infrastructure

A large portion of this GSL research area supports the U.S. Army in its Civil Works mission in the broad area of water-resource infrastructure. This mission goes back almost to the origins of the United States and, over the years, has remained a dynamic challenge and a critical responsibility. The Corps of Engineers is responsible for 879 flood control projects and 442 lakes and reservoirs, and maintains 8,500 miles of levees. The Corps operates 235 navigation locks and 73 hydropower projects, and maintains 400 miles of coastal structures. The U.S. Marine Transportation System, consisting of over 300 ports, 1,000 harbor channels, and 25,000 miles of navigation channels, is an integral part of both the U.S. economy and national security system. Technologies being investigated as a part of this GSL research area include risk and reliability, assessment and protection (levees and dams), homeland security, and material characterization. For additional information concerning this research area, e-mail the GSL Technical Director for Civil Works and Infrastructure.

Operational Support and Technology Transfer

This GSL research area involves supporting warfighter-specific requirements and transferring technologies through reachback support, training, and on-site technical assistance. Technologies supported as a part of this research area include Army transportation infrastructure, disaster damage assessments, and Forward Engineering Support Team (FEST) Training.

This research area also includes the Joint Antiterrorism/Force Protection (JAT/FP) Program, which is focused on developing a comprehensive antiterrorism planning program that can be used across all of the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide consistent and effective planning against terrorist attack. A major product of this research is the "JAT Guide," an electronic program management and decision aid tool that assists installation commanders in developing an antiterrorism program. The Guide provides DoD with a comprehensive and consistent planning capability to protect personnel and their families, installations, information, and other resources from a broad range of terrorist acts. For information concerning access to the Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal or to obtain the JAT Guide, e-mail the JAT/FP Help Desk.

For additional information concerning this research area, e-mail the Director of the USACE Reachback Operations Center.

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