Sharing the Burden and Risk: An Operational Assessment of the Reserve Components in Operation Iraqi Freedom
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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The Reserve Forces Policy Board RFPB tasked the Institute for Defense Analyses IDA to conduct an operational assessment of reserve component RC forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF, from the years 2003 to 2011. IDA was to identify data that could be used to quantify RC performance, and where comparative analyses could be conducted. Enterprise-wide performance data was not captured by the Department of Defense DOD, yet IDA was able to analyze data associated with mobility, aviation strike, and significant activities reports SIGACTs, in addition to individual deployment, casualty, and mishap data. Analysis of these data depict no sizeable differences between active and reserve component forces, and highlight the shared burden and risk of RC forces in the prosecution of OIF.
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