Recruiting is the foundation of the U.S. Army's ability to sustain its overall force levels, but it has become very challenging. The author draws on a large body of research on military recruiting and examines tools and resources—including recruiters and recruiting management, selection and eligibility criteria, advertising, bonuses, and pay—that can help the Army meet this challenge.
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How can the success (or failure) of Army special operations missions be assessed? The authors develop a methodology for doing so that relies on operational, intelligence, and ambient (publicly available) data. The method assesses the plan's lines of effort and their objectives, develops measures of effectiveness and indicators, and then gathers and analyzes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data.
Faced with budgetary constraints, the U.S. Army must decide how to best invest for readiness. It cannot afford to modernize all units with current medical equipment and sustain all units with consumable medical items at all times. This report describes the current Army medical materiel strategy, equipping costs, readiness levels, and recommendations for optimizing the Army medical materiel strategy.
The authors assess how Russian military forces are postured and resourced and how they are likely to operate. They also discuss the goals and effects of Russian military reform efforts, including initiatives that span all of the Russian armed forces' services and independent branches. Touching on most of Russia's armed forces' major capabilities, the authors conclude with a look at how those capabilities are being integrated in practice.
Assessing Force Sufficiency and Risk Using RAND's Multi-Period Assessment of Force Flow (MPAFF) Tool 2019
This report describes RAND's Multi-Purpose Assessment of Force Flow (MPAFF) tool for conducting quick, first-order time-phased analysis of force sufficiency under a variety of assumptions on force generation policies, readiness policies, and force employment policies for the U.S. Army. This tool enables exploring the effect of policy changes on force generation.