Accession Number : ADA609967


Title :   Are We Winning? A Brief History of Military Operations Assessment


Corporate Author : CNA ANALYSIS AND SOLUTIONS ARLINGTON VA


Personal Author(s) : Mushen, Emily ; Schroden, Jonathan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a609967.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 57


Abstract : Are we winning? That simple question has proven decidedly difficult for the U.S. military to answer at various times in its history, and in recent decades has given rise to formal processes for trying to measure progress in warfare--a practice that has become known as operations assessment. Over the past decade, CNA analysts have found themselves increasingly involved in operations assessment, as has the broader military operations research community. Yet, to our knowledge, there is no comprehensive account of the history of operations assessment. This paper aims to serve as a primer on the subject to provide context on how operations assessment has grown and developed over the past several decades. We hope that it serves as a foundation and source of encouragement for a more robust history on this topic.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , COLD WAR , MEASUREMENT , METRICS , MILITARY HISTORY , UNITED STATES , VIETNAM WAR


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE