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A framework for enhancing operational capabilities

Author: Glenn A Kent; William E Simons; United States. Air Force.; Rand Corporation.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1991.
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This report suggests a straightforward approach for linking defense system acquisition programs with our national security objectives. It reflects two related defense planning issues: lack of clarity regarding the relative importance and relevance of the military capabilities we are trying to achieve, and excessive consumption of time, energy, and dollars in acquiring the systems to achieve these capabilities. To  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kent, Glenn A., 1915-
Framework for enhancing operational capabilities.
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1991
(OCoLC)610101710
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn A Kent; William E Simons; United States. Air Force.; Rand Corporation.
ISBN: 0833011391 9780833011398
OCLC Number: 23731663
Notes: "A Project AIR FORCE report prepared for the United States Air Force."
"Rand library collection"--Label on cover.
"R-4043-AF."
Description: xiii, 42 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Deciphering the elusive concept of strategy --
Hierarchy of defense planning objectives --
Providing for enhanced defense capability --
Ambiguities in current DOD directives --
Concluding comments.
Responsibility: Glenn A. Kent, William E. Simons.

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This report suggests a straightforward approach for linking defense system acquisition programs with our national security objectives. It reflects two related defense planning issues: lack of clarity regarding the relative importance and relevance of the military capabilities we are trying to achieve, and excessive consumption of time, energy, and dollars in acquiring the systems to achieve these capabilities. To structure the Department of Defense effort to enhance operational capabilities, the authors propose a framework with five components: (1) assess abilities to achieve projected operational objectives, identify critical deficiencies, determine the importance of enhancing capabilities, assess opportunities to do so, and direct concept formulation; (2) formulate, define, evaluate, and demonstrate new concepts; (3) decide, allocate, and budget; (4) acquire systems; and (5) organize and equip force elements. The framework provides a clear audit trail from national objectives to military tasks; it also defines a coherent flow of functions among forums and identifies which official and which forum is responsible for taking action. -- Publisher's description.

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