Accession Number : ADA291098

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

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Lewis, Leslie ; Coggin, James A. ; Roll, C. R.

PDF Url : ADA291098

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 87

Abstract : 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 Defense's (DoD's) 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 (USSOCOM's program is MFP-11) for the Secretary of Defense to review and include in DoD's budget. The goals and details of the program are submitted in the Program Objective Memorandum (POM). USSOCOM's 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.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PLANNING, *MILITARY BUDGETS, *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, DATA BASES, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, NATIONAL SECURITY, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, THREAT EVALUATION, ALLOCATIONS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LINKAGES, SPECIAL FORCES, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, DEFENSE PLANNING, NATIONAL DEFENSE.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE