Artificial intelligence (AI) is anticipated to be a key capability for enabling the U.S. military to maintain its military dominance. This report presents the results of a survey of software engineers and other technical staff at leading technology corporations and in the defense industrial base to learn their views toward the defense community and their willingness to contribute to AI-related projects for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Forces and Resources Policy Center
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Decades of defense manpower analyses by the Forces and Resources Policy Center (FRP) have helped military leaders manage recruiting and retention crises, the transition to an all-volunteer force, the post–Cold War drawdown, and the post–9/11 buildups. FRP's ongoing projects in many areas—including the career development of military and civilian personnel; individual and unit readiness; family support, reintegration, and quality-of-life programs; and military health policy—are broadly applicable to U.S., allied, and partner forces.
Burnout: Definition, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Interventions Literature Reviews 2022
In this series of literature reviews, the authors document what is known about the concept of burnout, assess burnout prevalence in health care facilities, evaluate the presence and absence of evidence for suggested risk factors of burnout, outline approaches to address burnout among military health care providers, and provide an overview of organizational interventions that have been suggested to prevent or mitigate burnout.
Research Focus Areas
To ensure that defense personnel remain highly capable and present the right mix of skills across the military, civilian, and contractor workforces, force managers need to recruit, train, retain, and justly compensate high-performing personnel while offering opportunities for advancement. FRP assesses the cost-effectiveness of current policies and the need for changes to meet personnel requirements amid a growing demand for specialized skills.
U.S. and allied forces face growing conventional threats in Europe and the Pacific region, even as they continue to confront terrorism. Commanders need to ensure that individuals and units are ready to meet varied but uncertain mission demands, often requiring expanded combat capabilities as well as linguistic and cultural skills. FRP projects address all aspects of force and individual readiness, encompassing unit readiness and data reporting, force education and training, personnel readiness and safety, and force resiliency.
Support Services and Programs
Defense manpower experts know that "service members enlist, but families reenlist." An extensive set of services — such as education, spousal employment, and quality-of-life programs — are believed to enhance satisfaction with military life and encourage families to "reenlist." Additional services provide support to active and reserve servicemembers transitioning to the civilian labor market from military service. FRP research teams investigate how to improve these services, how to fill unmet needs, and how to determine which services are most cost-effective.
Health Services and Systems
If the costs associated with operating military health systems continue to rise, the costs will claim a steadily growing share of overall defense budgets. Among the factors at issue are beneficiary cost-sharing arrangements and the costly practices of health care providers. Much can be learned from health system reforms in the private sector. FRP analysts explore the policy options available for managing access, quality, and costs in military health and mental health care systems.