Mid-Range Planning and Programing at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KANS
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It is essential for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center to plan 2-5 years in the future in order to ensure that fully integrated and funded programs are a reality in the future. The author identifies 45 circumstances which, if they exist within an organization, may preclude effective planning. By surveying the principal mid-range planners at the Combined Arms Center CAC, reviewing organization goalobjective statements, and reviewing formal documented plans, it was determined which of these 45 circumstances exist. The principal conclusions reached with regard to goalsobjectives are 1 All organizations within CAC have goalsobjectives 2 These goalsobjectives are not placed in hierarchy by priority 3 Mission activities require more guidance from higher management in order to develop goalsobjectives. The main conclusions reached vis-a-vis actual planning are 1 There is very little mid-range planning being done 2 The planning which is being done is primarily mechanical, and too short-ranged and 3 Better coordination of plans is needed. It was also found that 1 Planning is not inhibited by the CAC organization structure and 2 Turnover of personnel is a problem if action is not taken to phase the replacement cycle.
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