Using primary sources and interviews with those involved in the fighting and its aftermath, the authors describe the 2008 Battle of Sadr City, analyze its outcome, and derive implications for the conduct of land operations. Their analysis identifies factors critical to the coalition victory over Jaish al-Mahdi and describes a new model for dealing with insurgent control of urban areas.
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Distributed learning (DL) is a key element of the Army's training strategy, and the Army plans to expand the use of DL and change how it is developed and delivered. Several studies were undertaken to develop and test new tools and metrics to assess training and to document the impact of Army DL courses at the program level. The project also assessed the abilities of Army information systems to support efficient data collection for DL evaluation.
Describes the full range of research products and services that RAND Arroyo Center provided to the Army leadership in FY 2010, including projects, quick-response studies, peer-reviewed publications, and the analytic training of Army officers.
Toward Affordable Systems II: Portfolio Management for Army Science and Technology Programs Under Uncertainties 2011
This companion to Toward Affordable Systems: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs (Brian G. Chow, Richard Silberglitt, and Scott Hiromoto, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, MG-761-A, 2009) describes the continued development and demonstration of a method and model to incorporate lifecycle cost into the portfolio analysis and management process for U.S. Army Science and Technology programs.
To meet the demands of the past decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has adopted a rotational strategy based on the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model, but equipping policies have not yet been adapted to the model. This report analyzes how the Army might reduce equipment in early phases of the ARFORGEN cycle, how changes might be applied across Army units and equipment, and how changes might affect near- and far-term budgets.