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The United States Special Operations Command Resource Management Process: An Application of the Strategy-to-Tasks Framework.

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This report examines how the U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM might improve its resource allocation and management process within the structure of the Department of Defenses DoDs larger Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System PPBS. USSOCOM is unique among U.S. military commands in the way its resources are allocated. It behaves like a service instead of a command. Like the services it has the authority and responsibility to construct a major force program USSOCOMs program is MFP-11 for the Secretary of Defense to review and include in DoDs budget. The goals and details of the program are submitted in the Program Objective Memorandum POM. USSOCOMs commander must therefore participate in the decision making process within which all DoD resource decisions are made. This process is the Planning, Programming and Budgeting System. The analysis for this report identified two requirements for improving USSOCOM resource management 1 a top-to-bottom linkage of Special Operations Forces SOF programs that connects high level national security goals with SOF missions, operations, and resources, and 2 a more structured resource management process that uses these top to bottom linkages to clarify the resource issues the process would include analytic tool support and linked databases and to involve the components in the resource debate. The framework for supporting resource management that would meet these requirements was adopted from prior research and is known as strategy to tasks. This framework is intended to provide decisionmakers with an end to end concept of operations and to link resource decisions from national security down to tasks.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Defense Systems

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