Resolution Supporting the Use of "Commanders Councils"

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WHEREAS, the Commanders Council is intended to serve as the Department of Defense’s primary point of contact with the state;

WHEREAS, a Commanders Council, comprised of the commanders of the military installations in a state, or region, is similar in concept to a group of in-state businesses, manufacturers or trade associations banding together to provide information and cooperate with state and local government and other citizens;

WHEREAS, the Commanders Council is designed to address the two problem issues most often noted by state policymakers: 1) the inability of the military to speak with a single voice, and 2) the lack of information about who to contact;

WHEREAS, Commanders Councils provide a formal structure for the military to interface with state government, work collaboratively on regional planning, conservation, economic and quality of life issues, discuss encroachment prevention efforts and exchange ideas about a range of state and local policies impacting the military and mission readiness. 

WHEREAS, a Commanders Council, modeled after the successful Arizona Range Commanders Summit and the North Carolina Commanders Council, have proven to be  an effective tool in strengthening military, state and community relationships and offer state and local policymakers, and other stakeholders, four immediate benefits:

  • a “single voice” for the military to communicate with state and regional policymakers;
  • a consensus-building forum for military installations in a state to clearly and consistently express Department of Defense policy positions;
  • an ability to enhance the state’s understanding of the needs of the military; and
  • the capacity to better promote military-civilian partnerships and cooperation.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Department of Defense, its military installations across the country and the communities in which they reside, derive considerable benefits from their establishment.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Commanders Councils should be encouraged to include the National Guard Adjutant Generals in each state to facilitate mission training and coordination, interaction with the Governor, and for combined public relations.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages the Department of Defense to stand-up Commanders Councils in states which host multiple installations and commands, as a matter of department policy. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be sent to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates; Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Installations & Environment; Dr. Samuel D. Kleinman, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Readiness; and David Duma, Principal Deputy Director, Operational Test & Evaluation.

Adopted by the Governing Board this 6th  Day of December, 2010 at CSG’s 2010 National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

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