On the hunt for willing sellers : the U.S. Army's land acquisition process

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Title: On the hunt for willing sellers : the U.S. Army's land acquisition process
Author: Fitzsimmons, Michael James
Abstract: To maintain high levels of proficiency and readiness the U .S . Army trains its soldiers on military bases across the country . However , the Army currently possesses an insufficient amount of land with which to train on , necessitating an expansion of current bases . This paper explores the Army's land acquisition policies , using as case studies the ongoing expansions at Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Polk in Louisiana . Fort Carson , which announced expansion plans in 2006 , faced strong opposition and the project has ground to a halt . In early 2009 Fort Polk announced a 100 ,000 -acre expansion . They have utilized a broad public outreach program and promised on numerous occasions not to use eminent domain to acquire privately -held land . As a result , the Polk expansion has proceeded much more smoothly . Using lessons learned from the pair of case studies , this paper then presents a list of best practices the Army can use for future land acquisition projects .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1116
Date: 2010-11-17

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On the hunt for willing sellers : the U.S. Army's land acquisition process. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1116 .

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