Active/Reserve Cost Methodology: Case Studies
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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This report aims to validate and extend the activereserve cost methodology, and to train analysts in its use. To accomplish those goals, the study analyzes the cost of three proposed force structure changes-one each day from the Army, Navy and Air Force. All three cases consider decisions that would alter the mix of active and reserve units in the total force. Collectively, the cases span a wide range of units in the total force. Collectively, the cases span a wide range of cost issues and problem circumstances and, in two of the three instances, are based on actual proposals that arose in the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System PPBS process. The report recommends no specific force structure decisions the cases are designed to illustrate the strengths and proper use of methodology. The report concludes that the activereserved cost methodology will perform effectively in a wide variety of contexts. Also, to encourage further application, the report clarifies and extends the meaning of critical concepts used in the methodology and shows how new issues might be addressed within its boundaries. Finally, the report outlines how the methodology might be extended in the future.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Forces and Organizations