Instalations, Environment, and Civil Works

About the Installations, Environment & Civil Works Practice Group

Bio for Craig R. Schmauder, Deputy General Counsel for IE&CW

The Installations, Environment & Civil Works (IE&CW) practice group is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the Secretary of the Army and Secretariat officials concerning Army lands and facilities. Major practice areas within the IE&CW portfolio include environmental law, wetlands protection, civil works construction, cultural and natural resource preservation, and the administration of the Army National Cemeteries Program, including Arlington National Cemetery.


The Deputy and his staff provide legal advice to assist the Secretary of the Army and Secretariat officials with the oversight of the Army’s many bases, camps, forts, depots, ranges, training grounds, proving grounds, and other installations. Most of IE&CW’s installation portfolio relates to Army land and natural resource management and disposal, military construction, housing programs, and legal review of the Army's base realignment and closure actions. Notable initiatives include:

Housing Privatization

Providing legal advice on structuring military housing privatization transactions through use of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative authorities. Advising the Secretariat on the legal rights and obligations of the Army regarding the operation of privatized housing consistent with transactional documents and applicable law.

Enhanced Use Leasing

Providing legal advice on structuring leases of Army accountable property executed under 10 U.S.C. § 2667. Advising the Secretariat regarding lease terms that facilitate obtaining fair market value consideration from lessees in the form of statutorily permitted in-kind services.

BRAC 2005

Providing legal advice on Army compliance with the 2005 round of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990.


The Deputy and his staff advise the Secretary of the Army, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations & Environment), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and other Secretariat officials with respect to environmental planning, environmental compliance and restoration, sustainability, natural and cultural resources, safety, and occupational health issues. Actions in these areas regularly require interaction and coordination with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and public citizens.

Civil Works

The Deputy and his staff support the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and other Secretariat officials on legal issues relating to the Corps of Engineers' water resources development and regulatory programs, and the Army's civil works program. IE&CW’s work regularly involves drafting regulations and legislation pertaining to the civil works program, and drafting, negotiating, and reviewing cooperative agreements and other contracts relating to Army construction projects worldwide. Notable initiatives include:

Foreign Military Sales

Providing legal review of cases involving construction assistance and provision of civil works expertise to allied militaries, usually involving the Corps of Engineers.

Army National Cemetaries

Providing legal advice to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) regarding the program and budget for the Army National Cemeteries Program, which consists of the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. Advising the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) regarding the interment and inurnment policies for the Army National Cemeteries. Advising the Superintendent of ANC regarding the administration, operation, and maintenance of ANC. Assisting in the ANC Advisory Group's review of requests for exceptions to interment and inurnment policy and advising the Secretary of the Army on his decision to ultimately grant or deny such requests.

Contact Information for IE&CW

Phone: (703) 693-3024
Location: 3C546 at the Pentagon