Accession Number : ADA308690

Title :   Readiness versus Modernization - A Dilemma Revisited.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Ellis, Andrew G.

PDF Url : ADA308690

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : An examination of past experiences can provide insight to avoid future pitfalls. As the United States Army prepares for the 21st Century, it must struggle with how to transform and reorganize itself. Because of fiscal limitations, the Army faces tough decisions of funding current readiness or modernizing for the future; affording both given current budget constraints is not possible without reducing force structure. This paper briefly examines the military/political environment between 1945 and the beginning of the Korean War and compares and contrasts it to today's environment. Budget drawdowns, military force reductions, balanced budget issues, and a changing world order are common threads for both eras that make them worth comparison.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *COMBAT READINESS, *MILITARY MODERNIZATION, *MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, *ARMY PLANNING, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), WARFARE, GLOBAL, POLITICAL SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, REDUCTION, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, KOREA, ARMY BUDGETS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE