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Accession Number ADA590282
Title Applying Drawdown Lessons from the Past to Future Army Investments.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 38p
Personal Author R. E. Waring
Abstract The war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close and once again the U.S. Army (Army) is facing a drawdown. The cycle is predictable. When war comes, the Army expands and adapts as necessary to achieve the military and political objectives of the war; then, once the war is over; the Army rapidly reduces in size. By looking to past drawdown experiences, are there key areas of investment that will enable the Army to rapidly adapt itself to the future needs of the Nation. This paper examines investment decisions from three post- war drawdown eras from the Army's history: post-World War (WW) I (1919-1938), post-WWII/Korea 1946-1965, and post-Vietnam (1973-1980). Those investment decisions are described in terms of end strength, force structure, leadership development, modernization, procurement, doctrine, and readiness. The effectiveness of those decisions is then evaluated by assessing the performance of the Army in the first battle of the next war.
Keywords Army
Decision making
End strength
Force structure
Hollow army
Lessons learned
Military budgets
Military doctrine
Military downsizing
Military forces(United states)
Military history
Military modernization
Military procurement
Operational readiness

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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