An Overview of the Canadian Forces' Second Generation Capability-Based Planning Analytical Process

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Authors
  1. Rempel, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
In 2005, the Canadian Forces’ (CF) Chief of Defence Staff announced the commencement of the transformation of the CF. As with any complex organization, transformation of its structure and processes is not simple. However, success of such a transition “depends upon leadership first identifying and understanding the thematic components of the past, and then, learning how to adapt and exploit the thematic strengths ‘today’ for the benefit of ‘tomorrow’ ”. While several themes have been identified within the CF transformation, one in which the operational research community plays a vital support role is strategic decision-making. Strategic decision-making, in the context of defence acquisitions, has traditionally been described as a reactive process. In an effort to migrate defence acquisitions towards a more proactive process, a rational forward-looking decision-making process was developed: the Force Development (FD) process. At its core is Capability Based Planning (CBP), whose analytical process and associated tools provide decision-makers with an objective assessment of capability deficiencies, adequacies, and affluences. This objective assessment is central to the following defence acquisition trade-off analysis, whose output is a cost-effective strategic capability roadmap. The FD process and first generation CBP analytical process have been recently reported. Development of the second generation CBP analytical process has been completed, which focused on adv

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Keywords
Capability Based Planning;Capability Outlook;CATCAM;Decision Analysis;Force Development;Genetic Algorithm;Investment Plan;Optimization;Risk Analysis;Risk Outlook;SC2RAT;Strategic Capability Roadmap
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2010-198 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2010
Number of Pages
42
DSTKIM No
CA034555
CANDIS No
534121
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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