Assessing Sustainment Operations in a Decisive Action Training Environment
Technical Report,01 Sep 2014,01 Sep 2015
CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITIES WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC
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At the request of the Joint Readiness Training Center Warrior Leadership Council, we explored whether a guide on sustainment could improve sustainment operations. The research design allowed for comparison of a control and experimental group. The experimental group received a manipulation or a Sustainment Warfighting Function Guide with the intent of improving performance on planning, mission execution and follow-up operations. Significant differences between control and experimental groups occurred primarily during mission planning and follow-up differences were small and in favor of the control group. The experimental group was more likely to coordinate with other units, submit expenditure reports, and request resupply. However, they were also more likely to be interrupted by sustainment requirements and have friction between higher echelons and supporting units. Overall, units performed all the Sustainment tasks at a minimum standard or standard level only. Minimum performance on the Sustainment Operations Checklist may have resulted from not having a standard operating procedure for sustainment nor planning for sustainment operations. It is recommended that sustainment operations be continually emphasized and integrated during home station training.