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 DoD environmental regulations and instructions, U.S. Federal laws and Executive Orders and international laws and treaties with respect to cultural resources in all DoD operations and undertakings. To review these requirements, click the links below:

DoD Cultural Resources Policy and Management Proceses

The DoD serves as steward to tens of thousands of historic buildings, archeological sites… Read more →

Cultural Resources Laws and Treaties

A comprehensive legal regime governs the preservation of historical, cultural and archaeological sites within the United States and… Read more →