Measurement of Combat Effectiveness during Peacetime Preparation for War
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Current information systems capture unit information that is not useful in predicting combat effectiveness. Unit Status Reports focus on efficiency measures and quantitative factors that depict how well Army support systems have supported individual units. FORSCOM 1-R is being replaced by the Training Assessment Model because 1-R did not meet requirements in reporting unit training levels adequately. Although no system exists to predict unit combat effectiveness, there is a need for that capability to determine which units will deploy and distribute resources. An evaluation methodology can be devised to account for differences in equipment, organizational culture, and ACRC peculiarities while giving senior leaders a better information base upon which to make future decisions. FORSCOMs Bold Shift with its component Operational Readiness Exercise does not go far enough in changing training assessment and ARTEP should not be used as a test device. The paper proposes a method to compare unit equipment and mission capability to wartime requirements within a constrained fiscal environment and improve training for all Army units.
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