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Policy, Laws and Treaties

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has significant responsibilities with respect to cultural resources in every nation and region where DoD operates, while simultaneously supporting the multiple missions of DoD. Within the U.S., for example, DoD’s historic property portfolio located on military lands includes a total of 73 National Historic Landmarks, 694 entries on the National Register for Historic Places, and more than 16,700 known archaeological sites, approximately 3,200 historic buildings and many more Native American sacred sites and structures. The Department continues to use and maintain some of these prized cultural properties as an integral part of mission support and readiness.

The DoD Cultural Resources Policy mandates compliance with applicable U.S. Federal laws and Executive Orders, applicable international laws and treaties, and applicable DoD environmental regulations and instructions with respect to historical and cultural resources in all DoD operations and undertakings.

To review these requirements and responsibilities, click the links below:

DoD Cultural Resources Policy and Regulations

The Department of Defense serves as steward to tens of thousands of historic buildings, archeological sites, and Native American sacred sites within the United States, which must be protected as a matter of law.… Read more →

Cultural Heritage Laws and Treaties

A comprehensive legal regime governs the preservation of historical, cultural and archaeological sites within the United States and in most host nations where DoD operates. U.S. forces must also respect international … Read more →