-570885-383459This final paper is a fictional example of a strategic plan for joint collaboration for the African Union (AU). This plan does not utilize classified information nor does it portray to represent the United States (U.S.) or any other government in any way.Colorado Technical University Institute for Advanced StudiesColorado Springs, CO256.684.5558[Type the fax number]Prepared by Maurice Dawson Jr.2009African Union Military Strategic Plan<br /> <br />MEMORANDUM FOR: Distribution List<br />Subject: African Union Strategic Plan<br /><ul><li>Our great African Union (UN) is entering a new area as we are continuously sharing resources. Our successes so far were clearly dedicated to the support received from all nations.
We encountering a new era were education and technology is merged as other nations are moving forward. We do not intend on being left behind in this new era.
Keys to our past success have been skill and dedication of our great African people.
The African Union Military Strategic Plan (AUMSP) articulates the comprehensive plan for our nations to utilize technology to increase training for our servicemen. This is meant to serve as a guide for further planning and to properly articulate how the military will continue to achieving our Nation’s objectives in training.</li></ul>Maurice Eugene Dawson Jr.<br />African Union Strategic Commander<br />EXECUTIVE SUMMARY<br />The AUMSP is the comprehensive continental military plan to utilize technology to enable servicemen within the African Union (AU). This document reflects lessons learned from multiple participating countries and those they do not rely in the country.<br />AU: The African Union is made up of both political and administrative bodies. The highest decision-making organ of the African Union is the Assembly, made up of all the heads of state or government of member states of the AU. The Assembly is currently chaired by Muammar al-Gaddafi, leader of Libya, elected at the tenth ordinary meeting of the Assembly in January 2009. The AU also has a representative body, the Pan African Parliament, which consists of 265 members elected by the national parliaments of the AU member states. The only country that is not a member is Morocco however this country was the founding member.<br /> National Strategy Business Objectives: Our national strategic aims to empower servicemen by increasing educational tools and knowledge beyond what is currently available to them. This shall ensure that competent troops are created and prepared to defend anywhere in the world.<br />Mission Statement<br />We serve the AU and all of its citizens to ensure that Africa is a competitive confinement.<br />Vision<br />Our vision is to be consistently as a continental group to grow and be competitive on a global scale. We intent to do so by continuously education and enabling freedoms<br />Current Situation<br />There are many techniques that can be applied with decision of allocation of resources however we utilized the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis. Below displays this analysis as it relates to our AUMSP.<br /><ul><li>StrengthsProposed staff has diverse background in university training, military training, and global experience that adds to the school house. WeaknessFunding for project.Funding for tools.Full participation support from all countries.OpportunitiesPartner with former U.S. military officers from United States African Command (USAFRICOM).Africans of Diaspora are return to Western Africa and many of those individuals have university and military training.Use of free tools to increase the learning experience in the schoolhouse.ThreatsLearning curve may be too high.Outside influences due to internal conflicts may draw troops away from completion of training.</li></ul>Table 1: SWOT Analysis<br />Strategic Goal<br /> Our goals are the following below:<br /><ul><li>Increase training intake every year by 10%
Become a key provider of military training for all AU member states
Develop strategic partnerships with universities in continent who have strong focus on educational development and training for military
Hire and retain key personnel to manage the AU military school house</li></ul>Figure 1: Proposed Timelinelefttop<br />We needed we shall reprioritize the goals listed in our proposed timeline as some items may be pushed out further and others may need to be brought in.<br />Qtr4 2010 Tactical Goal [Example of Tactical Level of Goal]<br />This system must be one that enables collaboration across all AU member countries:<br /><ul><li>System must be able to enable collaboration online and at the university. This system must be able to be an environment where software can be developed, online virtual environments allowing military decision to be made, and provide feedback.</li></ul>Funding for this system is included below in the overall funding profile. However specific amount is 100K for this particular technology. This amount only includes hosting from school house but connection for training must be done supplied from country. Also included will be rugged systems for specific training locations. However unclassified training can be completed anywhere worldwide. This specific goal is measured by being able to fully deploy systems and ability to connect to systems. <br />Funding Profile<br />The funding needed to execute the AUMSP is below is in Ghanaian Cedis. The initial 1.2Million needed is to purchase school house and bring on board faculty. Also included are computer equipment and network resources. The following seven quarters the funding is to maintain faculty and make additions to training facility such as living quarters and provide food. Qtr1 2012 beyond has a need for increased funding as there may be more participants and an established metric. Thus the need for more funding will be to handle more students.<br />Figure 2: Funding Profile<br />Key Customer Bio & Most Important Requirements (MIR)<br />The member countries are the customer of the AU.<br />Need: Consistent training of troops across all AU member countries.<br />Knowledge and tools to better ensure training and facilitate collaboration.<br />Action: Invest more military training.<br />Hire and retain key Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to ensure completion of task(s).<br />Invest in secure web 2.0 collaboration tools for online instruction.<br />Risk Assessment<br />There are potential risks to the program can occur. If a selection of placement of the school house is not done properly it could lie in a country where there are many civil wars. Thus the data and techniques that are collocated with the school house could be taken by enemies. Other risk is if there is a civil conflict there may be a reduction in the funding available to the school house to include enrollment of troops.<br />RISKIMPACTMITIGATIONLoss of participationNo need for school house and potential reduction in funding. Lack of qualified servicemen fighting in AU.Ensure support from AUUnable to get expertise Poorly qualified instructors/professors.Partner with former U.S. military officers from United States African Command (USAFRICOM).Africans of Diaspora are return to Western Africa and many of those individuals have university and military training.Civil war, or conflictResult or damage of school house. Loss of key information and military products to enemies.Ensure school house is a secured location that is no danger of being compromised by any potential threats.Expensive costs of toolsCould result in lower learning expectations.Utilize web 2.0 tools that are free.Obtain university support to have on site software engineers to develop and customize new or already existing tools.<br />Table 2: Risk Assessment<br />Measurable Goals<br />The long term goal is to have competent AU troops that can deal with the problems of tomorrow. This shall be measured by their career progression and ratings by officials. The short term goal is to get the soldiers to be able to utilize current technologies and thwart threats to the AU. This is measured by the reaction time to problem and success of that reaction. The success of that reaction is by the mitigated damaged in comparison to the potential damage that could have occurred.<br />Example for measurement success is the following: Potential Threat – Mitigation = Success or Occurrence of Threat – Ability to Counter Threat = Success Rate<br />With the above formula that is if the items are classified at the highest levels.<br />Collection of Metrics<br />Metrics can be a measurable goal on however we must be sure to choose good projects with good criteria within a year of completion. This allows for the collection of good data that be used as metrics. The project shall be chosen from last AU initiatives in military organizations that have stood up local school houses in the last year. Once there is enough time at this school house future metrics shall come from this data gathered. The metrics shall be stored in a data based created and houses at the school houses with backups of the information housed at other secure sites.<br />Executive Support<br />Executive support comes from the Deputy Strategic AU Commander. This commander shall engage the four Vice-Presidents of the Pan-African Parliament which is the legislative body of the AU and where the 3409950-292100funding shall come from. These members will be responsible for championing the school house in the respective regions in the continent however the University Chancellors shall have ultimate responsibility for the university to include governance and managing the institution on a daily basis. The Strategic AU Commander shall engage quarterly on the success of the school house to the Pan-African Parliament and engage bi-annually to the AU on the schoolhouse.<br />