Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program

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The Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program conducts research to help the Army understand the emerging strategic context, identify and adjust external demands, and optimize the use of its resources. Employing objective, high-quality expertise developed over many years of focused, sustained research, the program provides both long-term and quick-response support on issues of critical importance to the Army.

Sponsors of Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Research

Army senior leaders sponsor the research conducted in in the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. Before accepting funding for any new study, we work closely with the sponsor and their staff to ensure it focuses on a major policy concern and that its tasks are carefully scoped to allow objective, analytic research in a timely manner.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Pacific Command; Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army; U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command are among the most frequent sponsors of Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources studies. The program supports senior leaders from across the Army, however, and provides objective research and analysis for Army leadership with pressing issues in our research streams.

Research Streams

The Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources program sustains research streams in nine major policy domains, below.

Current and Potential Threats to National Interests and U.S. Forces

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Conflict Trends and Propensity for U.S. Intervention
  • Changes in Power, Strategy, and Capabilities

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Operating Environments and their Implications for the Army

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Army Force and Resource Requirements to Support AFRICOM
  • Army Operational Roles in the Pacific
  • Army Roles in U.S.-China Competitive Strategies
  • China Pivots to the Middle East
  • Communicating the Army’s Strategic Narrative
  • Cost of Regionally Aligned Forces
  • Dialoging with China on North Korea
  • Promoting Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Through Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

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Doctrine and Operational Concepts for Addressing Threats

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • What the Army Should Stop Doing

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Operating and Generating Force Size, Scope, and Mix to Meet Demand

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Analytic Support to the Asymmetric Operations Working Group
  • Army QDR Analytic Support
  • Assessment of Operational Performance of Army Units and Individuals

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Active Component/Reserve Component (AC/RC) Force Mix

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Assessing Active/Reserve Force Mix Options
  • Estimating Costs for Army Reserve Component Support of Military Engagement Missions
  • A History of the Army Reserve Component: Historical Trajectory, Current State of the RC, and Recommendations for the Future
  • An Independent Assessment of the Army's Total Force Mix Decision Process in Support of the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Years 2015–2019
  • Reassessing the Army's Force Mix: Providing Needed Forces While Reducing Costs, Phase II

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Building Partner Capabilities

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Applying Security Cooperation as a Preventive Tool
  • Assessing the Value of Regionally Aligned Forces in Army Security Cooperation

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Learning from Past and Present Operations

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • The Future of Warfare: Learning from the Past 12 Years
  • Improving Integration Between Special Operations and Conventional Forces
  • Assessment of the Peaks and Valleys of Conflict over the Last 200 Years

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Strategic Risk Analysis and Resource Policy

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • The Army's Local Economic Effects
  • Assessing the Army's Implementation of Its Federated ERP Strategy
  • Cost Effective Use of Excess Property on Army Installations
  • Enhancing the ARFORGEN Cost Tool (ACT)
  • How to Use Public-to-Public Partnerships in the Department of Defense
  • What the Army Should Stop Doing

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Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Analytical Support to Unified Quest 2014
  • Operational Support for JICM—2014

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For more about a particular research stream, contact Sally Sleeper (Sally_Sleeper@rand.org), Director, Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program