Huddled in various working groups with laptops, calculators, charts, and maps, teams of military officers analyze force capability gaps in a range of scenarios from Malay pirates, to Mindanao terrorists, to war in the South China Sea. By conducting campaign-level analysis within the bounds of established concepts of operations, they are testing the abilities of joint forces to "support forces operating in and from austere or unimproved forward locations" and "to detect and interdict a wide range of threats close to their source and throughout the strategic approaches."1 Their goal is to measure attributes and shortfalls in the programmed forces across the range of conflicts and forward their findings to a team of system engineers and analysts who are professional officers as well.
Professional Note: Naval Postgraduate School Aims at Real-World Defense Problems
By Captain Chuck Calvano, U.S. Navy (Retired), Captain Jeff Kline, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Colonel Dave Olwell and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stevens, U.S. Army (Retired)