By Beth E. Lachman

This monograph assesses the effectiveness of DoD's Readiness and Environmental safety Initiative to assist checking out and coaching installations take care of encroachment from sprawl and different resources. The authors determine the most explanations of encroachment; aspect the advantages, either to the army and native groups, of buffering parts close to installations with REPI initiatives; and supply ideas for a way to enhance REPI's effectiveness.

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Finally, this section provides an overview of Service activities to address encroachment and how the Services implement conservation buffering using REPI funds and the authority of 10 USC §2684a. OSD’s Sustainable Ranges Initiative Since quality testing and training ranges are critical to military readiness, DoD created SRI. As further described in its annual Sustainable Ranges Reports to Congress,1 DoD has developed a comprehensive plan as part of its evolving SRI to ensure the sustainability of military ranges and installations and to protect the environment while concurrently assuring the availability of resources for Service-specific as well as joint training and testing.

8 The Thin Green Line to restrict their training and testing activities because of such issues as noise complaints from the community or because light pollution from homes and businesses makes night training impossible to conduct. For example, at Nellis AFB, Nevada, because of tremendous urban growth south of the base and safety concerns about overflying urban areas with live munitions, armed aircraft must take off and land from the north, which has caused mission delays and mission cancellations because of wind effects.

Air Force (USAF) senior management met with DOI to ensure that the new proposed areas for oil drilling did not overlap with the military’s Gulf Coast ranges. However, in the future, the military might not be able to extend its overwater testing and training ranges, because of extended areas of oil drilling next to the military range space. 6 The Thin Green Line Competition for Airspace. Commercial air traffic competes with the military for airspace. S. airspace is becoming more congested. Commercial air traffic continues to grow, which increases the commercial demand for airspace volume.

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