This report, part of the congressionally mandated active/reserve assessment study, explains and illustrates the methods, assumptions, and data that RAND used to estimate the costs of alternative force mixes and structures for the Army and the Air Force. The costing task assisted in designing the alternatives, which were sized to meet two possible targets for long-run annual recurring costs, one similar to the existing defense Base Force program and the other consistent with recent proposals to reduce defense spending further. During the study's evaluation phase, the costing task examined the near-term cost of achieving each alternative.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation monograph report series. The monograph/report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1993 to 2003. RAND monograph/reports presented major research findings that addressed the challenges facing the public and private sectors. They included executive summaries, technical documentation, and synthesis pieces.
Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.