FIGURE 7-1 Current organization for policy, oversight, and funding for RCWM. USAEC, U.S. Army Environmental Command.
RCWM assessment and remediation, the Secretary should seek legislative authority to change this stricture in order to permit the commingling of DERP, O&M, and CAMD,D funding for these RCWM activities.
Depending on how and where CWM is discovered, authority and funding for RCWM activities emanate from two OSD offices and two Army Secretariat offices. The two OSD offices are ASD(NCB) for CAMD,D and DUSD(I&E) for DERP and O&M. The two Army Secretariat offices are ASA(ALT) for CAMD,D and ASA(IE&E) for DERP and O&M, as shown in Figure 7-1. Thus, there is no single advocate for the program. In addition, at present the NSCMP must compete annually for funding from the CAMD,D budget account, which is also the source of funding for the much larger chemical stockpile destruction program. Not only have estimates for completing the stockpile program been pushed out to 2021-2023, they have also increased significantly.13 As the stockpile program nears completion, the CAMD,D account can be expected to come under increasing pressure for significant reductions, if not total elimination. The long-term funding and oversight issues inherent in a growing and enduring RCWM remediation mission need to be addressed by establishing an enduring funding stream that is integrated with other long-term environmental remediation programs. The CAMD,D appropriation, being tied to the completion of the stockpile program, is a problematic long-term source of funding for RCWM requirements, including the stockpile’s derivative NSCMP. Because the stockpile program is expected to complete its mission by 2021-2023, that portion of the CAMD,D funding that supports RCWM requirements will need to be retained and moved to other enduring funding streams.
Finding 7-4. Authority and funding for RCWM activities, depending on how and where CWM is discovered, emanate from two OSD offices and two Army Secretariat offices. There is no single proponent for the program. In addition, the non-stockpile chemical materiel program is a derivative of the stockpile program which is expected to complete its mission by 2020. A portion of CWM’s funding and oversight will need to be retained and moved to other enduring funding programs.
Recommendation 7-3. The Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Army should each select a single office to champion and fund remediation of all RCWM.
13U.S. Army Element, ACWA, press release “Department of Defense approves new cost and schedule estimates for chemical weapons destruction plants.” Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., April 17, 2012.