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IMPROVING USSOCOM ANALYSIS TO ACCURATELY COMMUNICATE SOF'S VALUE PROPOSITION AND INFORM DOD RESOURCE ALLOCATION

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Authors
Sonntag, Miles D.
Subjects
USSOCOM
ASD SO/LIC
SOF
PPBE
JCIDS
DPS
analysis
modeling
simulation
SO-P
TSOC
USASOC
GPC
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Burks, Robert E.
Date of Issue
2024-03
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) currently lacks sufficient analytic processes to properly capture Special Operations Forces’ (SOF) value proposition and inform the Department of Defense’s (DOD) resource allocation. This thesis aims to identify potential solutions USSOCOM can implement to improve the quality of its analytic outputs that support the annual Program Objective Memorandum (POM) submission as part of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) Process. To support this, the study conducted a comparative analysis of the Army, Navy, and Air Force’s established analytic processes to determine common practices. Additionally, this study considers the specific challenges that USSOCOM faces when conducting analysis on future SOF contributions such as a shortage of analytic capacity, absence of codified analytic processes, and difficulty quantifying SOF effects. By overlaying the common analytic practices used by the services against USSOCOM specific challenges, this thesis identified potential solutions for USSOCOM to explore such as focusing analytic direction, codifying an annual analytic process to improve predictability, centralizing analytic capability, and experimenting with modeling and simulation.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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