Operational Readiness

Organizing, training, and equipping armed forces for combat is essential to ensure their success in the field. RAND research provides military decisionmakers with information and analyses to implement effective support, training, and acquisition policies that ensure the highest level of operational readiness, even in the face of increasingly fluid combat environments.

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    Policy and Methodology to Incorporate Wartime Plans into Total U.S. Air Force Manpower Requirements

    Estimating Air Force manpower requirements can be more complex -- both in methodology and policy -- for scenarios less extensive than the traditional two theater wars.

    Nov 30, 2004

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    What Are the Air Force's Manpower Requirements? A New Methodology Improves the Estimation Process

    RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF) observed the TFA-I (Total Force Assessment), process and developed an improved methodology for estimating manpower requirements.

    Nov 30, 2004

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    Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

    Describes a prototype research tool for determining manpower and equipment deployment requirements.

    Aug 13, 2004

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    Survivability Options for Maneuver and Transport Aircraft: Analytic Support to the Army Science Board

    Explores and assesses survivability concepts and technologies for future heavy-lift transport aircraft.

    Dec 31, 2003

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    US Military Doctrine and Counterinsurgency

    Counterinsurgency has re-emerged as an urgent priority for the U.S. armed forces.

    Dec 31, 2003

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    Research Brief

    Enhancing Personnel Readiness in the Army Reserve Components

    Summarizes the efforts of Arroyo Center analysts to understand Army RC personnel readiness shortfalls, their implications, and their potential solutions.

    Dec 31, 2000

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    Measuring National Power in the Postindustrial Age

    Appreciating the true basis of national power requires not just a meticulous detailing of military assets but also a scrutiny of larger capabilities. The aptitude for innovation, the nature of social institutions, and the quality of the knowledge base may affect a country's capacity to produce effective military power.

    Jan 1, 2000

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    Relating Resources to Personnel Readiness: Use of Army Strength Management Models

    The connection between resources and readiness is receiving heightened interest at a time when a more austere defense budget and reduced force structures coincide with a range of security challenges.

    Jan 1, 1997

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    Military Readiness: Women Are Not a Problem

    Integration of women has had a small effect on readiness, cohesion, and morale — leadership, training, and the unit workload are perceived as having a far more profound influence.

    Dec 31, 1996

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    Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: Options and Assessment

    This report presents the RAND study that resulted from a request to assist the Secretary of Defense in drafting an Executive Order to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

    Dec 31, 1992

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    Ben Connable

    Senior Political Scientist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in war studies, King's College London; M.A. in national security affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; M.A. in strategic intelligence, American Military University; B.A. in political science, University of Colorado, Boulder

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    Brandon Corbin

    Defense Analyst
    Education M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.S. in engineering management, US Mil Academy at West Point

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    Henry Hargrove

    Technical Analyst
    Education Bachelor of Science in applied physics, Carnegie Mellon University; Master of Engineering Management in statistical process control, Old Dominion University

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    Caitlin Lee

    Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in war studies, King's College London; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Northeastern University

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    Paul W. Mayberry

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in quantitative psychology, University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign

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    Patrick Mills

    Acting Director, Resource Management Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Operations Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. and M.S. in industrial engineering, Texas Tech

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    Sydne Newberry

    Research Communications Analyst IV; Medical Editor for the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center
    Education Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    John F. Raffensperger

    Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in business, University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of Chicago; B.S. in industrial engineering, Northwestern University

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    Christopher M. Schnaubelt

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of California Santa Barbara; M.S.S. in strategic studies, U.S. Army War College

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    Stephan B. Seabrook

    Senior Defense Analyst
    Education M.A. in international relations & international economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; B.A. in economics; government, Bowdoin College