Allocating Marine Expeditionary Unit Equipment and Personnel to Minimize Shortfalls

Allocating Marine Expeditionary Unit Equipment and Personnel to Minimize Shortfalls: Second Edition

Walter L. Perry
Roald Euller
Anthony Atler
Todd Nichols
Angel R. Martinez
Jennifer Kavanagh
Nicholas Salcedo
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition: NED - New edition, Second, 2
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 124
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt5vjx96
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    Allocating Marine Expeditionary Unit Equipment and Personnel to Minimize Shortfalls
    Book Description:

    In many cases, the available space on a Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU’s) ships falls far short of what is needed to transport the full set of required equipment. A RAND-developed software tool, the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Equipment Structural Assessment (MESA) application, was designed to assist MEU mission planners in maximizing the effectiveness of limited equipment inventories.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8457-6
    Subjects: Technology, History, Management & Organizational Behavior

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xxii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxv-xxvi)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    As a rapidly deployable force with capabilities for ground, naval, and amphibious operations, the U.S. Marine Corps is responsible for missions that are both diverse and numerous. A single Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) may be involved in amphibious raids and assaults, covert reconnaissance carried out by special forces, humanitarian assistance (HA) following interstate conflicts and natural disasters, and the tactical recovery of displaced personnel. In many cases, MEUs afloat are the first responders to disasters and postconflict operations. Consequently, they are often called upon to initiate the stabilization missions in the absence of civilian leadership and direct support. Facing this...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Mission Deconstruction
    (pp. 7-22)

    As a rapidly deployable force, the missions that a single MEU is expected to complete vary in complexity, length, and risk and often have very different personnel and equipment requirements. Each mission also involves distinct tasks that are shaped by the mission’s unique goals and operating conditions. However, MEU missions also share many common tasks and activities: for example, planning, establishing the command center, area and road clearance, and surveillance and reconnaissance.

    To be successful, MEUs must be able to identify the pieces of equipment needed to complete each task. One way to accomplish this is to deconstruct the mission...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Additional Mission Deconstructions
    (pp. 23-32)

    In addition to the HA mission used as the prototype for the MESA application in the previous edition of this report, we have added the missions of NEO, TRAP, and airfield and port seizure operations to the application. In this chapter, we deconstruct these three missions using the same methods applied to the HA mission in Chapter Two.

    Joint Publication 3-68 describes a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) as a mission

    conducted to assist the Department of State (DoS) in evacuating U.S. citizens, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian personnel, and designated host nation (HN) and third country nationals whose lives are...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Equipment, Personnel, Metrics, and Planning Factors
    (pp. 33-44)

    Planning factors link tasks or military activities to the pieces of equipment or number of military personnel needed to complete the task. For example, a planning factor for the task “clear six miles of roadway” might specify that three military personnel can clear one mile of roadway per hour using a truck able to tow or haul at least one ton of material. A military planner could use this planning factor to determine that the task will take three military personnel six hours to complete or can be accomplished in three hours using six military personnel and two trucks.

    Planning...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE The MAGTF Equipment Structural Assessment (MESA) Application
    (pp. 45-52)

    The MESA application is a software tool that allocates equipment from a predetermined and potentially limited inventory to a set of missions and tasks selected by the user. The MESA application incorporates the deconstructed missions and task-specific planning factors developed as part of this research effort and produces as an output a notional set of equipment that could be used to complete a specific user-defined mission.

    This chapter provides a general description of the application. A detailed user’s manual can be found at Appendix C.

    The MESA software consists of a series of tabs (depicted in Figure 5.1 and listed...

  14. CHAPTER SIX Conclusion
    (pp. 53-58)

    The MESA application described in this report provides military planners and commanders with a means to estimate the equipment needed to complete a given set of tasks in support of multiple missions and to evaluate the sufficiency of available equipment. The tool can also be used to identify likely equipment shortfalls and possible equipment substitutions, as well as to assist commanders in determining the effects of these shortfalls on mission completion. Equipment shortfalls are unlikely to lead to mission failure, as MEU commanders will instead devise ways to use what they have to accomplish necessary tasks and activities. The MEU...

  15. APPENDIX A Equipment Capabilities and Mission Deconstruction
    (pp. 59-72)
  16. APPENDIX B Planning Factors
    (pp. 73-76)
  17. APPENDIX C MESA Userʹs Guide
    (pp. 77-96)
  18. Bibliography
    (pp. 97-98)