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RAND report on DOD life-cycle practices bodes well for concrete masonry industry

from NCMA

The independent RAND National Defense Research Institute has released a comprehensive, 84-page study on how the Department of Defense is applying principles of life-cycle cost-effective design into military construction projects. The study was directed by the House Armed Services Committee in part as a response to NCMA's hard-fought, six-year campaign to convince Congress and DOD to return to designing for durability in its constructed facility infrastructure. While the study concludes that DOD is currently incorporating life-cycle cost effectiveness in many aspects of the MILCON process, it also highlights that there exist institutional barriers to actually achieving life-cycle cost-effectiveness. The current budgetary environments and institutional practices favor consideration of lower first-cost construction and the report includes recommendations for changes that might yield better ultimate decision-making processes. NCMA will continue to advocate for practices that result in the best use of taxpayer resources through the use of lower costs throughout the life of military structures. For the full report, click here. more

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