Analytic Architecture for Capabilities-Based Planning, Mission-System Analysis, and Transformation

Analytic Architecture for Capabilities-Based Planning, Mission-System Analysis, and Transformation

Analytic Architecture for Capabilities-Based Planning, Mission-System Analysis, and Transformation

Analytic Architecture for Capabilities-Based Planning, Mission-System Analysis, and Transformation

Synopsis

The author places capabilities-based planning in the larger context of defense activities generally, sketches an analytic architecture for carrying it out, and offers recommendations about how to proceed.

Excerpt

This monograph discusses how the Department of Defense could change its system of analysis to better support capabilities-based planning. It pulls together past work and adds new material on implementation, force transformation, and the economics of choice. the monograph is intended primarily for policymakers and analysts in the Department of Defense and other parts of the U.S. government concerned with defense planning. It may also be of interest to a much broader community because the concept of capabilities-based planning has only recently been emphasized and has not been discussed much in the public policy literature.

I completed the monograph with funds provided by the National Defense Research Institute, RAND's federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and the defense agencies. Comments are welcome and can be addressed to me at RAND's office in Santa Monica or, via email, to pdavis@rand.org.

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