Area development plans help U.S. air bases improve their mission, sustainability

The Stanley Consultants federal master planning team was part of a joint venture partnership to develop seven-military base area development plans(ADP).

Stanley Consultants planners attended planning charettes at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana; Beale AFB in Yuba County, Calif.; Creech AFB in Nevada, Dover AFB in Delaware; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Arkansas; Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

With the aim of making U.S. domestic military bases more efficient, resilient, sustainable, operational and better places to live and work, the area development plans focused on identifying the planning vision, goals and objectives for specific areas of a larger installation development plan.

Planners use a variety of technical considerations in their work, such as transportation, land use concepts and development patterns. They also study how one plan may affect another and adhere to federal, state and local governmental codes and regulations, including environmental.

At Barksdale, for example, planners developed an ADP that included a list of projects required to beddown a new type of war plane, missile and munitions storage, an expansion in the number of airmen stationed there and a reorganization of buildings to co-locate a global strike team in a campus setting to facilitate maximum mission effectiveness.

Other area development plans were flight line improvements at Beale AFB; an operations complex at Creech AFB; logistic readiness support operations area at Dover AFB; life support area improvements at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; Shellbank District’s commercial and base service activities at Joint Base Langley-Eustis and improvements to the multi-agency Testing and Training District at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  


Fort Knox, Kentucky, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center

The Army called on Stanley Consultants and its joint venture partners to master plan a new special operations forces range to engage targets at greater distances. The program included a company headquarters, sniper course, reconnaissance, target analysis and exploitation techniques course and a precision targeting and crisis response training complex. Planners gathered data and conducted onsite interviews to better understand stakeholder needs. A multi-day workshop brought multiple parties together to develop and validate plan elements.