Balancing Officer Community Manpower through Decentralization: Granular Programming Revisited (1REV)
Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States
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This study addresses inventory-billet imbalances in the Navys officer corps. It uses a game-theoretic model to explore whether these imbalances can be resolved using substitution-based granular programming rates in the billet authorization process. The results show that, within the models stylized framework, substitution-based granular rates can be set to substantially reduce inventory-billet imbalances, thus indicating that granular programming has the potential to work in practice. Parts of the analysis, however, also highlight that any effort to use granular programming to resolve imbalances must include adopting complementary policies and practices. In particular, billet authorizations must be allowed to deviate from manpower requirements, and the relevant information technology systems must be adapted to accommodate granular rates.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Operations Research