Accession Number:

ADA110220

Title:

Quantifying Seapower Readiness.

Descriptive Note:

Professional paper,

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL STUDIES GROUP

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

In the past two years, Congress has come to realize that it needs more precise data to better grasp the implications of its decisions on the funding of readiness-related accounts. Beginning with the 1978 Defense Authorization Act, Congress required the Department of Defense to include in its budget submission data that would indicate the effect of the requested appropriations on material readiness. The same act also requested DoD to compile a report detailing measurable materiel readiness requirements. While some observers have broadly defined readiness as the ability of a force, unit, weapon system, or equipment to achieve a specifically defined wartime objective, others, including members of the Department of Defense Readiness Management Steering Group, have defined it as the ability of a force, unit, ship, weapon system or equipment to perform the function for which it is organized or designed. Readiness includes material, personnel, training, and supply components. These determine the mission readiness of individual units. Achievement of the ultimate goal-force effectiveness-requires consideration of such additional factors as threat, force size, capability, and strategy. Whatever aspect is chosen, it must be appropriate to the situation and measurable, especially if an analysis is to reflect real-world rather than simulated data.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE