Capabilities for Joint Analysis in the Department of Defense: Rethinking Support for Strategic Analysis
RAND National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States
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The U.S. Department of Defense DoD has long had broad capabilities for joint analysis, whether for planning future forces or supporting field commanders during current challenges. DoD is envied by other government agencies for its analytic capabilities and processes. Nonetheless, some issues have arisen. This report stems from a congressional request for an independent report about DoDs capabilities for joint analysis and ways to improve them. Congressional concerns largely involved the activity called support for strategic analysis SSA. In 2011, the director of the Office of the Secretary of Defenses OSDs Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation CAPE disbanded campaign-modeling and reduced CAPEs participation in the SSA activity, weakening SSA significantly. This report is largely about SSA and how and whether to revise it.