The Department of Defense (DoD) faces a difficult cleanup challenge, with thousands of sites at active and closing installations and formerly used defense sites. Efforts to increase the efficiency of cleanup activities, by either reducing costs or accelerating the process, could have a substantial effect on DoD's ability to meet its cleanup obligations within an increasingly constrained budget environment.
The research reported here, which was conducted from late 1995 to early 1997, is part of a larger study. The larger study is examining the environmental management practices of commercial firms recognized as having the best practices in that field and drawing lessons that DoD could use to improve its own environmental management processes. The overall study is examining four areas of importance to DoD: designing weapon systems to have more cost-effective environmental performance; managing the industrial processes in central logistics activities; balancing environmental, military, and cost considerations in managing an installation; and remediation program management.
This report addresses remediation program management and should be of interest to officials concerned with remediation in both the public and private sectors.
This research was sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security and performed within the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and devel-