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This dissertation explores the possibility of integrating a new type of unit into the United States Army. The impetus for this analysis is a recent shift in Department of Defense force planning from planning primarily for wars fought without rotation to wars fought with rotation. This dissertation analyzes the attractiveness and feasibility of integrating a new type of unit into the Army from three perspectives: budgetary, operational, and historical. It is intended to stimulate debate about the future size and mix of the Army when planning for wars fought with rotation.

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in June 2008 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Jacob Alex Klerman (Chair), Thomas L. McNaugher, and Richard Hillestad.

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