Reflecting Warfighter Needs in Air Force Programs: Prototype Analysis
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA
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This report documents a phase-one effort to develop new methods for the Air Force to use in ensuring that warfighter needs are adequately represented as the Air Force puts together its program and budget for the Department of Defense s DoD s Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process. We designed generic methods and then illustrated them for a single, concrete mission area close air support CAS. Our prototype analysis with notional data was concrete enough to demonstrate the primary concepts and analytic methods. The intended next stage of this research will flesh out the mission area with better data, apply the approach to additional mission areas, address trade-offs that cross mission areas an especially difficult issue, and examine how the methods might be used within the current programbuilding process, or how that process might be modified.
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