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Booz Allen Hamilton is helping military organizations develop and implement readiness decision-support solutions that provide a clear understanding of the relationships and trade-offs among requirements, resources, capabilities, capacities, costs, and risks.

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Mission Readiness

  1. 1. About Booz Allen Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 23,000 people, and had revenue of $5.76 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013. (NYSE: BAH) Mission Readiness Abstract Creating Decision-Support Solutions that Address Complex Operational Requirements and Fiscal Realities The mission readiness of US military forces is under siege on multiple fronts. A decade of war has cut into readiness resources, while constrained budgets have reduced funding for training, equipment maintenance, and other readiness components. At the same time, today’s warfighters must be trained and equipped to confront a variety of potential adversaries on battlefields that are evolving irregularly, asymmetrically, and rapidly. With readiness requirements growing and readiness resources shrinking, the Department of Defense must find innovative ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the readiness production process. Thom Crabtree Senior Vice President crabtree_thomas@bah.com 757-893-6134 The challenge is to create readiness decision-support solutions that provide a clear understanding of the trade-offs among readiness requirements, resources and capabilities, costs, and risks. This is a complex undertaking. Decision makers must be able to see how each of these elements impacts the others from a readiness vantage point, so they can allocate resources most effectively to achieve the highest levels of readiness. Unfortunately, current readiness reporting solutions are no longer sufficient to answer today’s complex resource trade-off questions. Margaret Arney Senior Associate arney_margaret@bah.com 703-902-5672 Booz Allen Hamilton is helping military organizations resolve these issues using readiness decision support solutions that go beyond current reporting systems to provide visibility into the full spectrum of readiness variables. Our approach is based on four major building blocks: Autumn Kosinski Senior Associate kosinski_autumn@bah.com 757-892-6475 • Focus on the Specific Readiness Challenges or Goals to be Addressed. A thorough understanding and assessment of an organization’s readiness production process is required to ensure that the solution is focused on the organization’s mission needs and readiness challenges and goals. www.boozallen.com • Create an Analytical Framework that Forms the Right Relationships Between Requirements, Resources, and Costs. To design an effective analytical framework, organizations need to start by establishing the readiness questions that need to be answered and identifying the outputs that need to be produced. This will help guide the complex task of analyzing, weighting, and measuring the complex interdependences among readiness components. For more information contact
  2. 2. • Analyze, Integrate, and Aggregate the Necessary Data. Getting the right data for readiness decision making is a complex process; however, validating data to make sure it’s reliable is essential to achieving actionable results. • Apply the Right Tools and Technologies. The solution should guide the technology selection (not vice versa). Organizations should start with the end-state vision to ensure that the solution will be scalable to support long-term as well as near-term needs. It’s also important to approach the solution from a technology-agnostic perspective to allow the requirements (operational, functional, data, analytical, security) to drive the solution. Numerous US military organizations have applied these four building blocks to improve key elements of their readiness reporting systems to: • Enhance understanding of their readiness production processes; • Provide insight into readiness gaps and shortfalls; • Identify cost drivers and readiness degraders to enable a better focus on activities that improve readiness efficiencies, processes, and activities; • Measure progress toward readiness requirements; • Improve decision making to minimize risk, allocate resources more effectively, and make informed trade-offs between current readiness and future readiness investments. Rising threats and falling budgets leave little room for error in readiness planning. By applying the four building blocks when implementing readiness decision-support solutions, military organizations can maximize readiness while minimizing risks and costs. To read the full paper, please visit http://missions.boozallen.com/PreferenceCenter and indicate that you are a current or potential client working for a Defense organization. BA13-153 Use of the Department of Defense image does not constitute or imply endorsement.

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