Accession Number : ADA326556

Title :   Informing the Debate: The Impact of Operations Other Than War on Combat Training Readiness.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Landry, Alan D. ; Campbell, Douglas B.

PDF Url : ADA326556

Report Date : 07 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : Under a National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement, the U.S. Army is likely to deploy more frequently in Operations Other Than War (OOTW) while the post Cold War drawdown enters its final phases. This study explores the impacts of OOTW on the training readiness of these units to conduct combat operations. It is based on a survey instrument distributed to students and faculty members of the U.S. Army War College. The unique density of War College students with OOTW experience in leadership positions provides a fertile basis to explore both benefits and costs associated with OOTW. Respondents answered questions in three distinct categories: (1) predeployment training readiness; (2) training readiness during OOTW, and (3) post deployment training readiness. The core findings of this project are that there are significant, but largely predictable, costs associated with OOTW; that units recovering from OOTW are frequently not afforded adequate time for recovery; and that standard reporting and evaluation means are frequently not used to identify, track and resolve training readiness shortfalls. Resulting pockets of unreadiness are thus more likely to occur as frequency of OOTW deployments increases and force structure and other resources decrease. Specific recommendations are offered to mitigate many of these negative impacts so that such pockets of unreadiness can be prevented.

Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING, *COMBAT READINESS, *OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR, DEPLOYMENT, NATIONAL SECURITY, ARMY PERSONNEL, OPERATIONAL READINESS, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, THREAT EVALUATION, ARMY OPERATIONS, COMBAT FORCES, POSTWAR OPERATIONS, DETERRENCE, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE