Accession Number : ADA598626
Title : Analysis to Inform Defense Planning Despite Austerity
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Davis, Paul K
Report Date : Jan 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 202
Abstract : This monograph grew out of a presentation in May 2013 at a special meeting of the Military Operations Research Society. The meeting, The Role of Analytics in Addressing the New Budget Environment, discussed current challenges facing the U.S. Department of Defense and how analysis could assist such activities as the Quadrennial Defense Review. This longer document describes my view of how analysis can be more useful than it sometimes has been in the past by exploiting improvements in the state of the art and by rediscovering and supplementing classic principles. It reflects my experience over decades as an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, an analyst and senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense with responsibilities for both strategy and program analysis, and for many years an analyst and manager at the RAND Corporation. The monograph s primary intended audience includes defense analysts, their managers, and the policymakers who are consumers of defense analysis. That said, most of the principles outlined here apply to other government agencies and to strategic analysis generally.
Descriptors : *DEFENSE PLANNING , DECISION MAKING , MILITARY BUDGETS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MODELS , NATIONAL SECURITY , RISK MANAGEMENT , STRATEGIC ANALYSIS , UNCERTAINTY
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE