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Accession Number ADA562434
Title Managing Non-Standard Force Demands: Risk Implications of the Global Force Management System.
Publication Date Apr 2012
Media Count 124p
Personal Author J. C. Wright
Abstract The Department of Defense's (DoD) management of crisis augmentation forces in support of contingency operations, as executed through the Global Force Management (GFM) allocation system, is inadequately designed to manage risk and resources for nonstandard capabilities requested by the Combatant Commands. These nonstandard forces (e.g., ad hoc units and individual augmentees) represent the difference between the force currently constructed and the force currently requested to prosecute today's operations. Extant and survey-based sources describe how nonstandard requirements, when processed through the existing allocation system, increase risk to the force by degrading existing Service competencies and levying unknown or unpredictable risks to other standing global missions without meaningfully informing insight into accumulated departmental risk. Based on the system's inability to meaningfully inform risk for this type of demand, the thesis draws on survey-based data to present a hypothesis of how differing perspectives from process stakeholder staffs may obstruct fundamental process changes from being instituted. Building on the survey of global DoD risk and perspectives from GFM practitioners, the thesis also contextualizes similar issues in a historical perspective, showing the timeless character of these challenges. Finally, the thesis presents a series of recommendations to address the described design seam.
Keywords Allocations
Combat readiness
Combatant commands
Contingency operations
Department of defense
Force mismatches
Force shortfalls
Force utilization patterns
Global force management
Hollow force
Individual augmentees
Joint manning document
Joint sourcing
Manpower utilization
Military capabilities
Military forces(United states)
Military history
Military operations
Nonstandard augmentation demand
Nonstandard capabilities
Nonstandard force demand
Personnel management
Request for forces
Service competencies

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
88D - Personnel
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74 - Military Sciences
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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