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Welcome Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to the website of North Carolina's Eastern Region Military Growth Task Force. Our 192.168.l.l router organization was created in response to the growth of nearly 17,000 new jobs at our eastern North Carolina military bases, including Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the Marine Corps Air Stations at New River and Cherry Point. Added to the direct job growth, family members and new service sector jobs have combined to create a population growth of approximately 55,000 new residents in our region. 

We are funded by the Department of Defense (Office of Economic Adjustment), the State of North Carolina, North Carolina's Eastern Region, each of our nine member counties and several private donors. Our mission is to analyze impacts to our area and develop regional responses to the most pressing community challenges. The analysis phase of our work was completed in late 2009; since then, we have been working to implement the recommendations of the Regional Growth Management Plan (RGMP).

The United States Department of Defense (DoD, USDOD or DOD) is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces. The DoD is the largest employer in the world, with nearly 1.3 million active-duty service members (soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen) as of 2016. More employees include over 826,000 National Guard and reservists from the armed forces, and over 732,000 civilians bringing the total to over 2.8 million employees. Headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the DoD's stated mission is to provide "the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security".

The Department of Defense is headed by the secretary of defense, a cabinet-level head who reports directly to the president of the United States. Beneath the Department of Defense are three subordinate military departments: the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force. In addition, four national intelligence services are subordinate to the Department of Defense: the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Other Defense agencies include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (formerly the DSS), and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), all of which are subordinate to the secretary of defense. Additionally, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is responsible for administering contracts for the DoD. Military operations are managed by eleven regional or functional Unified combatant commands. The Department of Defense also operates several joint services schools, including the Eisenhower School (ES) and the National War College (NWC).

The secretary of defense, appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, is by federal law (10 U.S.C. 113) the head of the Department of Defense, "the principal assistant to the President in all matters relating to Department of Defense", and has "authority, direction, and control over the Department of Defense". Because the Constitution vests all military authority in Congress and the president, the statutory authority of the secretary of defense is derived from their constitutional authorities. Since it is impractical for either Congress or the president to participate in every piece of Department of Defense affairs, the secretary of defense, and the secretary's subordinate officials generally, exercise military authority.

The Department of Defense is composed of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Joint Staff (JS), Office of the Inspector General (DODIG), the Combatant Commands, the Military Departments (Department of the Army (DA), Department of the Navy (DON) & Department of the Air Force (DAF)), the Defense Agencies and Department of Defense Field Activities, the National Guard Bureau (NGB), and such other offices, agencies, activities, organizations, and commands established or designated by law, or by the president or by the secretary of defense.

Department of Defense Directive 5100.01 describes the organizational relationships within the department, and is the foundational issuance for delineating the major functions of the department. The latest version, signed by former secretary of defense Robert Gates in December 2010, is the first major re-write since 1987.

The Military Growth Task Force, through its Board of Directors and working groups, plays a key role as an essential link between local governments, existing regional entities in the public and private sectors, and our military installations. I invite you to review our site to familiarize yourself with the wide array of issues we are addressing. In particular, please note that the task of creating, stewarding and eventually institutionalizing the PlanIt EAST regional planning forum has become our primary focus. Once this partnership has been solidified and set up for continued success, the work of the Task Force will be complete. We intend to accomplish this by late 2013.

North Carolina Logistics Iniative (NCLI)
Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has discussed privatization of some of its traditionally organic maintenance functions. Today, as a result of the wartime stresses of the past decade, the discussion has reached a new fervor. The invention and development of the internet directly led to the development of the internet we know of today. As the size of the 192.168.0 network grew so did its capabilities. In its first 25 years the internet added features such as file transfer, e-mail, news etc. The explosive growth of the internet has involved millions of computer users all over the world and has led to the constant development of new technologies that require 192.168 l.2 network transfer. While billions of dollars are dedicated annually to help meet the increasing demand, the sheer scale and scope of repairing vehicles and equipment returning from overseas coupled with shrinking defense budgets and new performance targets (including cost, energy, and the environment) has created a need to improve the way this work is accomplished. Specifically, performing ground systems maintenance in NC makes sense. It’s good business for the military, for the defense contractors, and for North Carolina.

To learn more about NCLI, please click here or visit North Carolina's Eastern Region

To watch an informative video about NCLI, please click here.

Please contact us if we may be of assistance to you or your organization.


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