Accession Number:

ADA350476

Title:

Pro Forma: A Meta-Model for Force Structure Costing

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

The two largest expenses in the Army budget are personnel and operating costs MPA and OMA, both of which are correlated to the size of the Army. The easiest way to reduce the Armys budget in the face of the federal budget deficit and the end of the cold war is, then, to reduce the number of soldiers on active duty. The Army, already in the midst of a major reduction in its size, must be able to rapidly react to further reductions. Until now, no quick, accurate method of determining the budget impact of a force reduction has been available. Pro Forma, a model developed by the Operations Research OR Center at West Point, allows analysts to rapidly estimate the budgetary impacts of different form size and basing options. The OR Center was tasked to assist the Army Budget Office ABO by producing a model that was quick, accurate, and easy to use. The ABOs main task is keeping track of current expenditures, not making budgetary predictions. Compounding matters is the high personnel turbulence in the office, with many people working there for only a year or two. Pro Forma, a term taken from the business practice of estimating a budget from current expenditures, is a user-friendly, spreadsheet based model designed to meet ABOs needs. It concentrates on OMA dollars because of its many component accounts, called Primary Sub-Programs PSPs, but includes MPA and family housing AFHO expenses.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE