F510A – Force Management Paper

This assessment target ELOs 400-SMC-1011.1.4 (F103: Developing Army Organizational capability) and 400-SMC-1011.1.9 (F108: Force Management White Paper)

Scope:  During this lesson, individual students will select a topic within the Army (capability or performance) they will research and analyze a current problem/issue.  They will then write a military white paper and present their findings/recommendations individually to the class.  The white paper requires students to apply concepts gained from the F100 series, apply critical and creative thinking, conduct individual research, analyze, and incorporate personal experiences to that problem/issue.

Action:  Analyze a force management topic and produce a White Paper.

Conditions:  As a Sergeant Major, individually or as a member of a team, in an asynchronous staff group classroom setting, and using the online system capabilities, references, practical exercises, class discussions, and personal experiences.

Standard:  The analysis will include: 

  • Selecting a problem or issue
  • Collecting and researching information
  • Constructing a clear and concise white paper on an approved topic that will possibly be used as a staff study
  • Participating in a discussion relevant to the white paper topic

Readings:  (6 pages) [15 minutes]

TRADOC Pam 71-20-3 (2011), The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Concept Development Guide, Appx E (CONOPS and White Papers, para. E-1 and E-2), (1 page).

TRADOC Regulation 71-20 (2013), Concept Development, Capabilities Determination, and Capabilities Integration, Chapter 3, (5 pages)

Purpose Provide a forum for students to present contemporary issues in force management using DOTMLPF-P, FIFA, JCIDS, CONOPS, etc. and to engage in professional and informative discussions contributing to the overall body of knowledge and enhance learning.

Assignment Instructions Analyze the concepts and theories you read about in F103 and F108; utilizing key language and terms from these concepts and theories, select a topic within the Army (capability or performance) (F103) then research and analyze the problem/issue.  Write a 1000-1300 word military white paper written in APA format and present findings/recommendations (F108).  The white paper requires students to apply concepts gained from the force management module, apply critical and creative thinking, conduct individual research and analysis, and incorporate personal experiences to that problem/ issue.

  • The topic is: Explaining how the Army uses capability and force development processes to change force structure

F103 – Developing Army Organizational Capabilities (ELO: 400-SMC-1011.1.4)

Scope: In this lesson, students will discuss the key agencies and major force management processes used in developing warfighting capability provided to combatant commanders for the operational environment. The lesson overviews the “DOTMLPF-P” construct (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader development, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy), the Joint Capability and Integration Development System (JCIDS), the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and the force development process used to provide MTOE organizational capability in the Army.

After students complete the lesson, they should understand the five phases of force development contained within the Army Force Management Model; they should know terms such as JCIDS, CCJO, and DOTMLPF-P; and they should be familiar with the roles that TRADOC, Army Futures Command (AFC), Futures and Concepts Center (FCC), and DA G3 play in force development.

This lesson supports TLO 400-SMC-1011: Analyze force management and force generation processes; to include the analysis of DoD policies, topics, and Joint functions and capabilities in an operational environment and TLO 400-SMC-1011.1: Discuss force management procedures.

ELO 400-SMC-1011.1.4

Action: Describe joint and Army capabilities and force development.

Conditions: As a senior leader in a DL environment acting as a joint staff member planning major operations at the operational strategic level or as a member of a problem-solving team individually maximizing the use of asynchronous and synchronous methodologies in an online classroom setting using references, practical exercises, online class discussions, historical examples and personal experiences based on the contemporary operational environment.

Standard: Description includes

  • Characterizing Army modularity and its contribution to combatant commander capability
  • Defining DOTMLPF-P and explaining its role in the Army Capabilities-Based Assessment (CBA) and the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS)
  • Identifying key change agents’ (the Training and Doctrine Command [TRADOC] and DA G3, and DA G8) roles and responsibilities in developing force structure management
  • Explaining how the Army uses capability and force development processes to change force structure

Learning Domain: Cognitive

Level of Learning: Comprehension/Understanding

Require Readings:

  • HOW THE ARMY RUNS (HTAR) 2019-2020, Chapter 3 (Paragraphs 3.8 through 3.25) (21 pages), and Chapter 10 (Paragraphs 10.1 through 10.16) (11 pages).
  • DOTMLPF-P Supplement (2013) (4 pages)

Reflection Questions:

  • What role does a Sergeant Major have in the DOTMLPF-P process?
  • How does Army modularity influence the capabilities of the combatant commander?
  • What role does the force development process play in changing force structure?

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