Ryan McCarthy, acting U.S. Army secretary, has approved the formation of an installation readiness board of directorsÂ that will assess preparedness and funding management efforts at the military branch’s facilities.
The Army said WednesdayÂ its vice chief of staff or assistants secretaries for installations, energy and environmentÂ and manpower and reserve affairsÂ will chair the board while four-star generals will serve as voting members.
The board will consider input fromÂ Army’s Training and Doctrine Command as well as data from collaborative efforts with academic and commercial organizations in the decision-making process.
Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management, said she believes the service branch should adopt big data analytics, smart-city research andÂ artificial intelligence tools to increase the security and resiliency of installations.
Bingham added the Army has awardedÂ energy savings and performance and utility energy services contracts worth up to $2.6 billion combined to industry partners.