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Understanding the limits of the Nation’s ability to generate and deploy ready military forcesis a basic element of national security. It is also the element most likely to be taken for grantedor assumed away despite ample historical evidence of the human and operational costs imposedby such an error. As budgets shrink and threats grow more diverse, national security leadersneed a specific accounting of the readiness limits of the force and the consequences of thoselimits as well as the insight to make timely and effective mitigation decisions. This paper presents an analytic framework that builds from previous work to yield thesystematic and defendable readiness analysis that must underlie decisions ranging from budgetallocation to force employment and even strategy development. To manage readiness, the Departmentof Defense (DOD) must balance the supply and demand of deployable forces aroundthe world. The readiness of an individual unit is the result of a series of time-intensive force......
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