The United States Department of Defense is one of the world’s largest builders, responsible for managing millions of acres of land and billions of dollars worth of facilities and infrastructure worldwide. Effective long-term development and management of these resources requires thoughtful and thorough master planning. Master planning is a continuous analytical process that involves evaluation of factors affecting the present and future physical development of an installation. This evaluation forms the basis for determination of development objectives and planning proposals to solve current problems and meet future needs. Each step or element of the process builds upon the preceding step, providing a logical framework for the planning effort. For military installations, planning is accomplished primarily at the installation level through a comprehensive and collaborative planning process that results in a Master Plan. This process provides a means for sustainable and energy-efficient installation development that supports mission requirements. Students who attend courses in the DOD Master Planning Institute will learn how to integrate planning history, theory, and application in their own work. They will learn how to make real plans, develop compelling graphics, and connect their planning efforts with DOD policies. These hands-on courses are appropriate for all DOD personnel and contractors interested in learning about the planning process and in learning ways to make and improve master plans.
The DOD Master Planning Institute serves as a clearing house to publicize, coordinate, and conduct master planning training relevant to planning staff at federal installations and, where appropriate, consulting firms doing planning work for the DOD. In 2010, the American Planning Association’s Federal Planning Division recognized courses offered by the Institute as the Outstanding Federal Planning Program. The American Institute of Certified Planners, the National Society for Professional Engineers, and the American Institute of Architects have approved most courses for continuing education credit.
The foundation courses provide a theoretical and practical foundation for DOD planning. The technical courses provide advanced hands-on application level learning in planning and programming. The practicum courses are unique practicum-based workshops held at requesting installations. Participating students actually prepare real property master plan components for the installation. Finally, supporting courses are those that would be appropriate for planners to take in order to broaden their knowledge.