Accession Number : ADA331012

Title :   Assessing the Potential for Using Reserves in Operations Other Than War

Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Roger Allen ; Schank, John ; Dahlman, Carl ; Lewis, Leslie

PDF Url : ADA331012

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : The end of the cold war and demise of the Soviet Union left the United States as the only superpower. Its new status conferred on it new responsibilities, including requirements to lead and participate in global operations that require military forces but do not involve armed conflict. Commonly referred to as Operations Other Than War or OOTW, these operations span a range of activities, including disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, and peacekeeping. The frequency and diversity of these operations have taxed the capacity of active component (AC) forces, and policymakers have looked to the reserve components (RC) both to lift some of the burden from the AC and to provide capabilities needed in OOTW. This study analyzes how forces are selected for OOTW to determine how use of the RC may be affected. It examines not only formal force selection procedures, but also informal and potent influences that we call Service cultures.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY RESERVES, *MANPOWER UTILIZATION, *OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, MILITARY DOCTRINE, COMBAT READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, THREAT EVALUATION, PERSONNEL SELECTION, MILITARY PLANNING, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE