While most U.S. government officials working in Iraq believe the use of armed private security contractors has been a useful strategy, many worry that the contractors have not always had a positive effect on U.S. foreign policy objectives.
A new metric for measuring expeditionary medical support based on the medical STEP rate of each component of the system -- a more accurate measure of capability than the current measure, number of beds.
This study examines U.S. Air Force in-theater contingency purchases made in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during fiscal years 2003 and 2004 and develops a custom database to assist in analysis of demand and future decisionmaking.
While the major combat operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom were successful, logistical problems still hampered materiel sustainment. Supply chain improvements could help better prepare the U.S. Army for future operations.
Despite many advantages, reorganizing the U.S. Air Force into an Air and Space Expeditionary Force places serious demands on combat support infrastructure. Consolidating intermediate maintenance at forward support locations may lessen the burden.
This research brief describes RAND Arroyo Center research that has examined the use of microworld models to teach complex management skills and to highlight that teaching with dynamic simulations of specific processes.
Defines and analyzes the current command and control architecture for combat support, identifies changes needed in the architecture to meet Aerospace Expeditionary Force goals and correct deficiencies, and sets forth detailed concepts for a future architecture.
The author speculates that if support organizations' fixed costs were funded separately, utilization rates at support facilities would increase and customers would make more appropriate workload decisions.
Gleaning insights from both the functional and technology perspectives into such areas medical informatics, combat service support, and biological and chemical defense. Identify areas warranting further investigation.