Tools for Transformation: The Military Requirements Process
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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This paper argues that recent improvements to the service and joint requirements process have set the stage for a successful transformation of American military forces to exploit new opportunities and prepare for uncertain challenges in the 21st Century. While the transformation envisioned is evolutionary, the paper emphasizes the need for vigorous implementation of evolutionary changes in order to avoid having radical reforms imposed that might break the force. The paper begins by examining some of the planning factors that impact determination of new military requirements. It then briefly reviews what key functions the requirements process should accomplish, considering recent organizational and process changes as well as wide ranging criticism. The paper concludes by recommending some additional evolutionary improvements that are critical to ensure the requirements process facilitates technological innovation and increased interoperability for joint forces.
- Military Forces and Organizations