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Accession Number ADA562390
Title Avoiding a Hollow Force: Force Planning with Any Budget.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 86p
Personal Author J. W. Whittenberger
Abstract The United States military has experienced a predictable cycle in force structure development that leads to a 'hollow force' after substantial budgetary reductions. The author's thesis is that by better understanding the system used to develop military force structure, and by appreciating relevant historical examples, the military can institute measures to achieve balance in national security and to break that cycle. The research method for this thesis involved an examination of the U.S. strategic framework, and its limitations, which is the foundation of the current force structure; the historical patterns that lead to a 'hollow force'; and potential methods for achieving balance. The thesis presents historical vignettes of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm that include the geo-political and economic conditions leading up to them, and the military postures taken in those eras, to better understand the recurring patterns in modern U.S. force structuring. By exploring methods of achieving balance, multiple avenues open to maintain military capabilities while continuing to reduce overall capacity. The thesis introduces the concept of optimizing balance of the three cornerstones of force structuring: manpower, equipment, and operations. It then addresses maintaining capability and gaining overall readiness while reducing costs through the appropriate type of training for the Reserve Component. The author concludes with techniques to optimize force structure planning using different levels of integration.
Keywords Active duty
Balance
Defense budget reductions
Department of defense
Desert shield operation
Desert storm operation
Goldwater nichols act
Hollow force
Manpower utilization
Military budgets
Military force levels
Military force planning
Military force structure
Military forces(United states)
Military history
Military planning
Military reserves
Military training
Packard commission
Patterns
Persian gulf war
Theses
Vietnam war
Whole-of-government approach

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74D - Chemical, Biological, & Radiological Warfare
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Norfolk, VA. Joint Advanced Warfighting School.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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