Power Projection Platform (PPP) Route Study
Ensuring the Safe and Efficient Movement of Military Personnel and Equipment
BACKGROUND: Power Projection Platforms (PPPs) are mission-critical facilities that include military installations, Aerial and Sea Ports of Embarkation (APOEs/SPOEs), Depots, and Ammunition Plants. There are 18 designated PPP installations that deploy military forces to SPOEs during a national emergency. Routes between PPP installations and their designated APOEs/SPOEs are termed PPP Routes. PPP Routes, a subset of STRAHNET and the STRAHNET Connectors, are the most critical 5,000 miles of public roadways for supporting the safe, rapid, and efficient movement of DoD personnel and equipment. Highways for National Defense (HND) mission requirements call for ensuring PPP routes are properly maintained at a capable design, performance, and condition standard to support national emergency military deployments.
PURPOSE: PPP Route Study objectives are: 1) identify route deficiencies (i.e., hotspots), 2) identify existing (i.e., currently planned or programmed projects) and new projects to address system needs, and 3) promote more collaboration between State DOTs, FHWA, SDDCTEA, and the military. If route deficiencies are not addressed, operational impacts include: travel time delay, equipment breakdowns, and reduced convoy integrity/security. Improving these PPP Routes not only benefits the military by enhancing mission readiness and deployability but all users of the public roadway network.
Doug Briggs, P.E.
Doug Briggs is the Chief of the Highways for National Defense (HND) at the US Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL.
He attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 2001.
Mr. Briggs is a registered professional engineer in the State of Illinois and has experience in commercial and road design as well as construction.
He began his career with USTRANSCOM as an engineer with the HND program in 2008 and has managed the program since 2016. During the past decade, he has worked as a military transportation expert in port and rail operations and military traffic engineering.
Mr. Briggs has held previous positions as a public works engineer for the US Air Force, responsible for managing and maintenance of 4 million square feet of building space and supporting infrastructure, including roads and airfields at Scott AFB, IL.
Mr. Briggs began his military career with the US Army and is a military veteran, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division (Ft. Bragg, NC) and the 2nd Infantry Division (South Korea).
Carroll Collins, AICP
is a Senior Project Manager with Kimley-Horn and Associates. He has 26 years of experience and specializes in transportation planning, physical security, and military facilities support. Recent projects have included the JBLE-Langley ECF Alternatives Analysis, the Wallace Creek ADP Update at Camp Lejeune, as well as the Group 3 and currently Group 4 Power Projection Platform (PPP) Route Studies.
He earned his Bachelors in Geography from Samford University, and his Masters with a concentration in Regional Planning from UNC – Charlotte, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In addition to his planning experience, Carroll served over 21 years in the Army National Guard to include unit mobilizations or deployments in support of Operation Noble Eagle, hurricanes Isabell and Katrina, and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan.