Informing Strategic Decision-Making on Force Posture and Readiness

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Authors
  1. Gauthier, Y.
  2. Archambault, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
We explain how we used a combination of strategic analysis and operational analysis to inform decisions on the Force Posture and Readiness (FP&R) of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Force posture characterizes elements of the CAF in relation to the roles and missions outlined in Canada’s defence policy, whereas readiness represents the preparedness of these elements to respond to government direction in a timely fashion. First, we describe a strategic outlook process that identifies challenges and threats likely to emerge over a five-year horizon. This process generates a body of literature that serves as the analytical basis for setting FP&R direction. Second, we describe the Strategic Managed Readiness Tool, a database application that we developed to improve how FP&R is managed by and reported to CAF’s leaders. The application is a means of systematically articulating CAF’s missions and tasks, linking them to force elements, and identifying risks of not being able to meet readiness requirements.
Keywords
force posture and readiness;readiness management;strategic analysis;operational analysis
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P069 — External Literature
Date of publication
09 Aug 2016
Number of Pages
16
DSTKIM No
CA042959
CANDIS No
804234
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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