Accession Number : ADA314503

Title :   Bottom-Up Review: Analysis of DOD War Game to Test Key Assumptions.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA314503

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : This report reviews the objectives, methodology, and results of the Department of Defense's (DOD) war game Nimble Dancer, which assessed the ability of U.S. forces to fight and win two nearly simultaneous major regional conflicts (MRc). It identified assumptions or data used in Nimble Dancer pertaining to several specific areas, such as readiness, threat, and force availability. This report, an unclassified version of our May 1996 classified report, presents our observations on the objectives, methodology, and results of the exercise, and appendix I provides details on the specific areas of interest. In its October 1993 Bottom-Up Review of the nation's defense needs, DoD, among other things, judged that it is prudent to maintain the capability to fight and win two nearly simultaneous MRCs. In the review, DoD also determined the forces, enhancements to force capabilities, and funding necessary to execute this element of the national military strategy. Since the Bottom-Up Review, DoD has conducted various studies to examine the two MRC requirement. In an August 1994 memorandum, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff authorized DoD to conduct the Nimble Dancer exercise. The primary objective of the exercise was to assess the capability of the programmed Bottom-Up Review force to fight and win two nearly simultaneous MRCs during different time periods, and the secondary objective was to identify critical issues for further resolution or study. The Chairman's memorandum generally stated that the exercise would test the sufficiency of forces by examining various areas, such as lift, intelligence, and sustainment, and provide a forum for conducting sensitivity analyses.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *COMBAT READINESS, *AVAILABILITY, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *THREAT EVALUATION, *WAR GAMES, *MILITARY TRAINING, *LIMITED WARFARE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SCENARIOS, MOBILITY, MILITARY STRATEGY, DECISION MAKING, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, SENSITIVITY, BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, CHEMICAL WARFARE, EXTRACTION, TIMELINESS, MILITARY PLANNING, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, PEACEKEEPING.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE