Analyzing the Stability of Social and Economic Systems ASSESS
Over the past several years the military"s focus has shifted from a standard, kinetic approach to much more complex missions, stressing counter-insurgency (COIN) and Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction, as made clear in DoD Instruction 3000-05:"Stability operations are a core U.S. military mission that the Department of Defense shall be prepared to conduct with proficiency equivalent to combat operations."These new mission types shape strategy, operations, and tactics, and affect decisions at every echelon of command, at geographic scales from regions and countries to provinces and villages, and at time scales from minutes and hours to months. As well as driving changes in strategic planning, TTPs, training, and the like, this shift significantly complicates information collection for intelligence, planning, and other purposes. With increasing experience, coalition forces are finding that effective COIN and related missions must be sustainable and focus on local populations. Determining and executing sustainable local economic development projects present challenges both in data collection and analysis and in community engagement. Aptima and its subcontractor, Creative Associates International, propose to build ASSESS Analyzing the Stability of Social and Economic Systems to address data collection needs by explicitly embedding data collection in a larger community engagement context.
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