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The End of Readiness

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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What do US Army leaders mean when they talk about readiness This paper examines the origin and evolution of the Armys use of the term, the changing definition of the word based on historical context and budgetary fluctuations, the difficulties presented by the Armys attempts to measure it, the challenging ethical situations its measurement promotes, and the ever-increasing lists of tasks and activities required to achieve readiness. It suggests ways to reframe discussions about Army capabilities away from an abstract concept of readiness and toward a more precise, actionable, and thoughtful conversation about what the Army can and should be capable of doing.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]