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United States Army Corps of Engineers
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE, also sometimes shortened to CoE) is a U.S. federal agency under the Department of Defense. It is a major Army command made up of some 36,500 civilian and military personnel. Although generally associated with dams, canals and Flood control in the United States, USACE is involved in a wide range of public works throughout the world. The Corps of Engineers provides outdoor recreation opportunities to the public, and provides 24% of U.S. hydropower capacity.
The Corps' mission is to "Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters".
Their most visible missions include:
- Planning, designing, building, and operating locks and dams. Other civil engineering projects include flood control, restoring beaches, and dredging for waterway navigation.
- Design and construction of flood prevention systems.
- Design and construction management of military facilities for the Army. Also the Air Force, Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve and other Defense and Federal agencies.
- Environmental regulation and ecosystem restoration.
The Corps' vision is "Engineering solutions for our Nation’s toughest challenges".