Accession Number : ADB165929

Title :   Graduated Mobilization Response: Can it Help?

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 90-Apr 91,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Distelhorst, Thomas E.

Report Date : APR 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : A key aspect of defense industrial strategy is mobilization of resources. A coherent mobilization strategy will be of utmost importance in the coming years of declining defense budgets and changing world politics. Official U.S. strategy calls for a graduated mobilization response (GMR) to contingencies. GMR views mobilization not as an on-off switch, as some have viewed it in the past, but a rheostat of progressive options to be taken across all government agencies. This paper discusses the background and rationale for GMR, the present status of the program, problems GMR must overcome, and where the future ought to lead. U.S. mobilization efforts in the past have led to a thicket of overlapping and underlapping policies. GMR can be a way out of this thicket. Operation Desert Shield/Storm gives examples of how GMR can work, although the process was not fully and formally used in the war. The role of FEMA as lead agency for GMR can be strengthened and more work can be done to institutionalize the GMR process of thinking and planning. Doing so can lead to a coordinated, coherent mobilization so vital to a defense industrial policy.

Descriptors :   *OPERATION, *PLANNING, *STRATEGY, BACKGROUND, BUDGETS, MOBILIZATION, PAPER, POLICIES, RESOURCES, RESPONSE, STORMS, SWITCHES, WORK.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Government and Political Science
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE