Unpacking the Various Meanings of Redundancy: From Refining the Concept to Military Planning
Blanken, Leo J.
Lepore, Jason J.
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The authors engage in the debate over waste in military force structure planning by rigorously deconstructing the concept of “redundancy.” First, a typology of redundancy is constructed that provides a common framework for identifying variety among redundant structures. These are labeled “true redundancy,” “expanded capacity,” “portfolio diversification,” and “mission overlap.” Further, a number of mechanisms are identified that produce these types of structures, and show the conditions under which planners may utilize redundant structure in the search for optimization. In sum, the article provides refined concepts for analysts and planners to identify when redundancy is deleterious or beneficial.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14751798.2012.730721
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