Military Assessments

Points of Contact

Co-Lead: LTC Marv King,

Co-Lead: Dr. Lyn Arnhart (co-chair),

Description / Overview

The Assessments CoP is a group of defense professionals who write, produce, administer, or conduct analysis in support of military assessments. The CoP primarily shares information and on best practices in military assessments. Secondarily, the CoP conducts activities that improve the Doctrine, Training, and Education of Assessments. The means by which the CoP conducts these activities is through members on a voluntary basis. The CoP will seek endorsement for products by the appropriate agencies, e.g., HQDA G-8, HQAF A-9 or JS J-8, to submit into formal DoD processes to improve Doctrine, Training, and Education of Assessments.

Symposium / Special Meeting Ties

MORS Special Meeting: Improving the Professionalism of Assessments, February 2018.

MORS Symposium:

Focus Session 2: Military Assessments

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Suggested Readings:

Agoglia, John, Michael Dziedzic, and Barbara Sotirin. Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE): A Metrics Framework. Defense Technical Information Center, 2010. []

Arnhart, Lynette, and Marv King. "Are We There Yet? Implementing Best Practices in Assessment." Military Review, 2018. []

Arnhart, Lynette, Renee Carlucci, and Marv King. "Advancing the Professionalism of Assessments." Phalanx 51(3), 2018. []

Claflin, Bobby, Dave Sanders, and Greg Boylan. Improving Analytical Support to the Warfighter: Campaign Assessments, Operational Analysis, and Data Management.  Military Operations Research Society, 2010.[]

Commander's Appreciation and Campaign Design: Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Pamphlet 525-5. U.S. Army, 2008. []

Commander's Handbook for Assessment Planning and Execution. Joint Staff, 2011. []

Connable, Ben. Embracing the Fog of War: Assessment and Metrics in Counterinsurgency. RAND Corporation, 2012. []

Croft, Robert E. Understanding Uncertainty: Incorporating the Unknown Into Military Estimates. United States Army War College, 2018. []

Diehl, Paul F., and Daniel Druckman. Evaluating Peace Operations. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010. []

Downes-Martin, Stephen. "Operations Assessment in Afghanistan is Broken." Naval War College Review 64.4, 2011, pp. 103-125. []

Fitzpatrick, Jody L, James R Sanders, and Blaine R Worthen. Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines. 4th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2011.

Flynn, Michael T., Matt Pottinger, and Paul D. Batchelor. Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan. Center for New American Security, 2010. []

Insights and Best Practices Focus Paper: Assessment, Second Edition. Joint Staff J7, 2013. []

Joint Operations: Joint Publication 3-0. Joint Staff, 2011. []

Joint Operation Planning: Joint Publication 5-0. Joint Staff, 2011. []

Kilcullen, David. Counterinsurgency. Oxford University Press, 2010. []

King, Marv. "General Assessments." Phalanx 51(3), 2018. []

LaRivee, Dave. Best Practices Guide for Conducting Assessments in Counterinsurgencies. Defense Technical Information Center, 2011. []

Marquis, Jefferson P., Michael J. McNerney, S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Merrie Archer, Jeremy Boback and David Stebbins. Developing an Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Framework for U.S. Department of Defense Security Cooperation. RAND Corporation, 2016. []

Mattis, James N. "USJFCOM Commander's Guidance for Effects-Based Operations." Joint Forces Quarterly, 2008. []

MORS Special meeting: Assessments of Multinational Operations: Report on Proceedings, MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL, 5-8 November 2012. [;jsessionid=FB75CDCC8C9193772AFA2F59C3B24855?doi=]

Mushen, Emily, and Jonathan Schroden. Are We Winning? A Brief History of Military Operations Assessment. CNA Analysis and Solutions, 2014. []

Operation Assessment: Joint Doctrine Note 1-15. Joint Staff, 2015. []

Operation Assessment: Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Operation Assessment: ATP 5-0.3, MCRP 5-1C, NTTP 5-01.3, AFTTP 3-2.87. Air Land and Sea Application Center, 2015. [][]

Operations Assessment (OA) Process at the Operational Level (NOAH V3.0), NATO, Assessment Staff at MN JHQ Ulm, September 2016. []

Participation in the PPBE process, CJCSI 8501.01B. DoD, 2012. []

Roginski, J.W. "Operational Assessments in the Garrison Environment," Infantry, v104 n2, p 26-29, Apr-Jun 2015. []

Rowlett, Rick, Young Carl A., Mangan, Alan F., and Townsend, Steven M. "The Way Ahead for Joint Operations and Planning Doctrine." Joint Forces Quarterly, 77.2, 2015, pp. 141-148. []

Schroden, Jonathan. "Why Operations Assessments Fail." Naval War College Review 64.4, 2011, pp. 89-102. []

Schroden, Jonathan, William Rosenau, and Emily Warner. Asking the Right Questions: A Framework for Assessing Counterterrorism Actions. CNA Analysis and Solutions, 2016. []

Schroden, Jonathan, et al. "A New Paradigm for Assessment in Counter-insurgency." Military Operations Research 18.3, 2013, pp. 5-20. []

Schroden, Jonathan. "A Best Practice for Assessment in Counterinsurgency." Small Wars & Insurgencies 25.2, 2014, pp. 479-486. []

Shilling, Adam. "A Quick Reference Guide to the New Paradigm of Operation Assessment." 2016. []

Shilling, Adam. "Assessment Training Position Paper." 2016. []

The Joint Strategic Planning System, CJCSI 3100.01C. DoD, 2015. []

The Operations Process: Field Manual 5-0. U.S. Army, 2010. []

The PPBE Process, DoDD 7045.14. DoD, 2013. []

Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, 1983. []

Upshur, W., J.W. Roginski, D. Kilcullen. "Recognizing Systems in Afghanistan," Prism, v3 n3, p 87-104, June 2012. []

White Nathan. "Learning from US Efforts to Assess Counterinsurgency and Stabilization Operations in Afghanistan." Prism v7 n1, p 124-138; Mar 2017. []

Wholey, J. S., H. P. Hatry, and K. E. Newcomer, eds. Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Williams, Andrew, James Bexfield, Fabrizio Fitzgerald Farina, Johannes de Nijs, eds.  Innovation in Operations Assessment: Recent Developments in Measuring Results in Conflict Environments. NATO Communications and Information Agency, 2013. []