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Allocating Marine Expeditionary Unit equipment and personnel to minimize shortfalls

Allocating Marine Expeditionary Unit equipment and personnel to minimize shortfalls

Perry, Walt L

For various reasons, including the commander's priorities and expected mission requirements, U.S. Marine Corps amphibious lift requirements, that is, the space needed on ships to transport equipment for a given mission, may exceed the U.S. Navy's lift capacity. Thus, Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) afloat generally do not have all their support personnel and equipment on board. What is the impact of this shortfall on a MEU's ability to complete the tasks associated with its mission, especially when the mission includes reconstruction and stabilization operations? Close examination reveals that, in general, MEUs do not fail as a result of these equipment shortfalls; Marine Corps commanders are able to make use of the equipment they have in innovative and creative ways to accomplish the tasks at hand. However, equipment shortfalls do force shortcuts and sometimes sacrifice the quality and speed of task completion. This report describes the development of an automated tool for allocating both equipment and personnel to complete the tasks associated with 15 MEU missions, highlighting the associated equipment implications

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corporation 2012

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Statement of responsibility: Walter L. Perry [and others]
ISBN: 0833084577, 9780833076199, 9780833084576
Note: Print version record.
Note: "RAND National Defense Research Institute."
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-120).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 120 pages) : color illustrations.
Series: RAND Corporation technical report series ; TR-1253-OSD
Subject: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; United States. Marine Corps.; United States. Marine Corps Equipment.; Armed Forces Equipment and supplies.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation) ; TR-1253-OSD.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Mission Deconstruction
  3. Equipment, Personnel, Metrics, and Planning Factors
  4. The MAGTF Equipment Structural Assessment (MESA) Application
  5. Conclusion
  6. Appendix A: Equipment Capabilities and Mission Deconstruction
  7. Appendix B: Planning Factors
  8. Appendix C: MESA User's Guide.