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Unformatted text preview: l budget priorities and assigned budget ceilings and providing additional funding for channel deepening with revenues from the general treasury. [___] Current budget inadequate Institute for Water Resources, Army Corps of Engineers, 2012 (April, US Port and Inland Waterways Modernization Strategy, http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/docs/portswaterways/Port_and_Inland_Waterways_Options_for_the_F uture_Working_Draft_v1_2012_Apr_01.pdf) The vision to maintain our existing infrastructure and to expand it where and when needed can only be achieved through a successful partnership between the Federal government, local sponsors and the navigation industry. The Federal role in navigation maintenance and development is coming under increased scrutiny from waterway users, shippers, port authorities, environmental groups and local governments. The USACE budget has been challenged to meet both the needs to maintain the existing system and increase capacity where needed. The USACE construction budget has declined in real terms from about $2.6 billion in FY 2006 to less than $1.7 billion in FY 2012 in constant 2010 dollars. (USACE) Only a fraction of these funds are available for navigation capacity expansion. The current budgetary environment will not sustain the dual needs to maintain and expand the nation’s navigation capacity. 19 | P a g e Inland Waterways Affirmative BDL Answers to: Other Forms of Military Transportation [___] [___] Transportation infrastructure critical to military power projection Colonel Donald E. Jackson, United States Army, 2007 (LEVERAGING THE STRATEGIC VALUE OF THE U.S. INLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM, www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA469583) Transportation infrastructure supports our national security as well as our economy. The Defense Transportation System (DTS) is an integral part of the U.S. national transportation system. Close coordination among a wide variety of military and federal agencies is essential to meeting national wartime or contingency transportation requirements. The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) provides the process for Defense Department (DOD) global transportation management. This process establishes an integrated transportation system that is used across the range of military operations, providing the most effective use of all transportation modes from origin to destination. In 2003 the Secretary of Defense designated USTRANSCOM the Distribution Process Owner (DPO). As the DPO, USTRANSCOM develops and directs the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise to globally project national security capabilities. Future distribution requirements are not limited to contingency operations in distant lands. The Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative is a distribution initiative that contributes to logistics transformation. This concept identifies use of a transportation coordinator to integrate and synchronize movement of transportation industry, streamlining the process of moving a variety of DOD cargo. In 2005, USTRANSCOM’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) synchronized 212 vessel operations a...
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