The National Historic Preservation Act, as currently enacted, supports the warfighter by preserving our ability to effectively use our lands and built environment to support needed testing and training. The Act also protects the quality of life for our military men and women, their families, and the public by facilitating a strong connection to our shared history, culture, and traditions. Finally, it promotes efficiencies by encouraging partnerships with national, state, regional, tribal, and local agencies and organizations.
The National Historic Preservation Act provides the foundation for the Department of Defense’s Cultural Resources Management Program. For almost 50 years, the Act has proven instrumental in helping our installations develop cooperative plans and projects that have benefited cultural resources on military lands and facilitated our mission. The current regulations implementing the Act, as well as the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark nomination processes, work well for DoD. Although managing the Department’s large inventory of historic properties requires vigilance, we have not found compliance with the NHPA to be an impediment to our ability to meet our military readiness obligations.
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