Force Mix Analysis in the Context of the Canadian Armed Forces


  1. Couillard, M.
  2. Arseneau, L.
  3. Eisler, C.
  4. Taylor, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Vice Chief of the Defence Sta and the Chief of Military Personnel are sponsors for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Establishment Study reviewing the size and composition of the CAF establishment to ensure that it is a ordable, sustainable and positioned to meet its operational requirements. A signi cant component of this study is a force mix analysis quantifying the ability of the CAF establishment to meet the requirements of six high priority missions outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS). This paper presents the methodology and some illustrative results of this force mix analysis. Two techniques are used to estimate the demand on the CAF establishment based on a set of the most likely concurrent CFDS missions. First, a constrained demand is obtained by using an approach based on historical missions. Then, a complementary unconstrained demand is estimated through an approach associating a set of desired force elements to each CFDS mission. By contrasting these demands to the CAF establishment, key shortfalls in personnel occupation groups can be identi ed.
force mix analysis;occupation groups;military establishment
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P045 — External Literature
Date of publication
23 Jun 2015
Number of Pages
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