A review of centralized readiness reporting systems and their impact upon the U.S. Marine division
Shaver, Carl Arthur
Teti, Frank M.
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Subsequent to World War II a gradual trend toward unification of the Armed Forces and centralization of control occurred within the Department of Defense. In addition, the increased requirement for unit readiness information during the Vietnam War era and the availability of the computer, contributed to the development and utilization, by the Marine Corps, of two significant centralized, automated readiness reporting systems. This paper reviewed these two centralized readiness reporting systems, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Force Status and Identity Report (FORSTAT) and the Marine Automated Readiness Evaluation System (MARES) and examined their functional impact upon the U. S. Marine division in the areas of organizational structure, man-hour requirements, internal decision making, and attitudes of assigned Marine personnel. Resulting from this analysis specific recommendations were provided for possible improvements in the continuing development and utilization of centralized reporting and control systems within the U. S. Marine Corps.
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