Optimizing the modernization of Eastern European forces
Biggie, Theodore A., III
Dell, Robert F.
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Many Eastern European countries desire a method to evaluate the capability and cost of their military forces. in 1995 the Program Analysis and Evaluation branch of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD PA&E) provided a solution: the Defense Resources Management Model (DRMM). The DRMM is a database system that contains detailed report writing, allowing a nation's military to be described by: how its forces are ogranized and equipped; how it staffs its forces; how it scales its peacetime training rates; and how it practices budgeting and accounting. We present a multi-objective linear program extension to the DRMM that suggests optimal yearly unit levels, activity, manning, equipment and war reserve material levels. two objectives are used in the analysis: (1) We find the minimum budget required to maintain a given capability level; (2) We find the maximum capability within an annual budget. Possible uses of the linear programming extension are demonstrated using a hypothetical but realistic Eastern European force supplied by OSD PA&E. Results show the ability to maintain current capability but reduce annual spending by up to 30 percent. Other results show how capabiity can be increased nearly 50 percent over a five-year time horizon by increasing annual budget levels ten percent above their current levels.
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