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Measures of Military Capability: A Discussion of Their Merits, Limitations, and Interrelationships

NSIAD-85-75 Published: Jun 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1985.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated current measures used by the Department of Defense (DOD) to report military capabilities, focusing on: (1) formal and informal measures of force structure, modernization, readiness, and sustainability; and (2) merits and limitations of those measures.

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Combat readinessDefense budgetsDefense capabilitiesDefense cost controlMilitary forcesNational defense operationsStatistical methodsStocksForce structureMilitary readiness