Mission Capability Packages
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The Mission Capability Package concept proposed here is an extension of previous efforts initiated during the 1960s with the introduction of the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Execution System PPBS, continued by the Goldwater-Nichols legislation, and most recently advanced by the expanded JROC process, to build capabilities around a vision of how missions should be performed rather than an outmoded process based upon institutional artifacts. This concept is the culmination of a long process of evolution in U.S. Force Planning. In the 1960s, the DOD was in need of systems thinking so that relationships among programs would be explicitly considered. Goldwater-Nichols extended this concept from programs to warfighting itself. Now the expanded JROC process is poised to complete this transformation -- building institutions based upon mission requirements rather than trying to satisfy mission requirements within given institutional structures and constraints. During the past year, ACT has been working with individuals in OSD, the Joint Staff, DISA, and ARPA to improve the technology insertion process. The approach described below is a result of these efforts to exploit the opportunities that technology affords to change the way we organize, equip, and fight. Mission Capability Packages MCP, as the end products of such a process, would contain concepts of operations, command and force structures, the corresponding doctrine, training and education, technology, and systems with a support infrastructure designed and tailored to accomplish specific missions. An integral part of the MCP concept is the approach proposed to synchronize the insertion of advanced technology with our ability to change the way we fight so that we are able to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by technology.
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