Accession Number:

ADA139164

Title:

A Cost Element Structure for Defense Training

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Feb-Nov 1983

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

This paper identifies, structures, and defines a list of cost elements that is intended to describe fully the life-cycle cost of any formal program, course, or device for individual training of DoD personnel, regardless of the conditions or assumptions imposed by the particular application or problem of interest. It was developed to satisfy a widely-recognized need for consistent, comparable, and credible evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of alternative methods of training. Training is a necessary and expensive activity needed to maintain military readiness. The Defense Science Board has recommended that cost-effectiveness evaluations of military training be performed to optimize the use of available training resources and to support investments in new training programs, equipment and technologies. The Board found that data needed to develop and evaluate training programs are inadequate this perpetuates the weak position of training in competing for funds, and in demonstrating its value. Our review of the cost analyses in well over 100 studies of defense training was consistent with the Boards finding. This cost element structure was developed with reference to a number of authoritative and widely-used cost guides issued by and for the training and weapon systems communities of the Services and offices of the Secretary of Defense. It also incorporates many recommendations of reviewers involved in related functions and activities.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE