NSA Annapolis Military Installation Resilience Study

City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Military Installation Resilience Review for Naval Support Activity Annapolis

Aerial view of NSA Annapolis

Project Description


Resilience is about making our communities and military installations stronger and more adaptable, now and in the future, for everyone. 

The City of Annapolis, in partnership with Anne Arundel County, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation to undertake a Military Installation Resilience Review that will chart a path for the long-term sustainability and operability of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis, including the U.S. Naval Academy, and the surrounding communities. A Military Installation Resilience Review is a community-led cooperative, strategic planning process among NSA Annapolis, the surrounding local jurisdictions, and the State of Maryland, to analyze and implement actions necessary to foster, protect, and enhance both community and military installation sustainability.

 This project will enable the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, together with NSA Annapolis, to assess shared vulnerabilities and risks with special attention given to unique resilience requirements for NSA Annapolis beyond their installation boundaries. The completed review will include a Resilience Action Plan with recommended resilience actions and prioritized projects, together with recommended funding sources, that focus on shared critical infrastructure, programs, and services. These may include energy, water and wastewater, stormwater conveyance, transportation and emergency evacuation, communication networks, health services, community housing, schools, and daycare centers. 

 The goal for the community and NSA Annapolis is to plan, design, and finance a resilient future, together. 

About NSA Annapolis 

Charged with delivering base operating support services to tenant commands, NSA Annapolis sits on 7.2 square miles of land, which includes 17 miles of waterfront on the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River and is the home to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Academy is bordered by the City of Annapolis and uses City and County road networks for ingress and egress from Academy grounds. These shared assets present shared challenges, but also shared opportunities. The Military Installation Resilience Review provides opportunities for both the community and installation to leverage resources and partner on resilience planning and projects.

For more information about the installation, please contact NSA Annapolis Community Planning Liaison Officer at 410-293-1084.

What is military installation resilience?

“The capability of a military installation to avoid, prepare for, minimize the effect of, adapt to, and recover from extreme weather events, or from anticipated or unanticipated changes in environmental conditions, that do, or have the potential to, adversely affect the military installation or essential transportation, logistical, or other necessary resources outside of the military installation that are necessary in order to maintain, improve, or rapidly reestablish installation mission assurance and mission-essential functions.” 

Source: 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and Section 101(e)(8) Title 10 United States Code

What is a military installation resilience review?

Defense communities are essential to support the military installations that maintain our national security. The Military Installation Resilience Review for NSA Annapolis provides the opportunity for the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to not only improve their own resilience, but support the military operations and national security. The Military Installation Resilience Review provides the region the opportunity to:

  • Identify shared critical infrastructure and services;
  • Identify and develop strategies to enhance community resilience beyond installation boundaries;
  • Provide uninterrupted delivery of critical services;
  • Develop a Resilience Implementation Strategy to carry out recommended actions and projects;
  • Protect and preserve military readiness; and
  • Support continued community growth and economic development. 

What is the Resilience Planning Framework?

The resilience planning framework that supports the Military Installation Resilience Review for NSA Annapolis is designed to help the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and State of Maryland assess, plan, prioritize, and implement resilience actions and projects to provide critical services and infrastructure to support and maintain NSA Annapolis military mission assurance and mission-essential functions.

The planning framework provides a risk-informed, phased approach to identify and prioritize investments for resilience projects and foster partnership opportunities. The planning framework is comprised of four stages.

  • Design a robust and multi-functional resilience network
  • Conduct a shared vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Conceptualize and prioritize impactful projects
  • Identify funding sources and implement resilience projects

The Association of Defense Communities publication Advancing Resilience for Defense Communities – A Planning Framework provides a more detailed overview of the resilience planning framework that supports defense communities in their efforts to assess, plan, prioritize, and implement resilience strategies and infrastructure projects.