In an era of fiscal austerity and limited resources, the question of “How big should a government organization be?” has taken on renewed importance. Executive branch decision-makers face the critical challenge of how to right-size an agency while ensuring that critical missions can be accomplished and the highest standards of efficiency are obtained. While the Pentagon has grappled with this complicated task for decades, civilian agencies with a homeland security mission face similar questions from Congress and other stakeholders about optimal organizational size and force structure.
Cadmus assists clients with developing appropriate force planning models using statistically valid historical data, statutory requirements, current trends, as well as leadership intent. We consider future disaster projections, expanding workforce requirements, implementation of mitigation strategies, advances in technology, and emerging threats, in its evaluation of the capabilities and capacity needed to fulfill an organization’s operational mission.
Cadmus’ force structure and capability analytical work typically begins with a thorough mission analysis, which delineates the essential tasks of each position within the organization. The analysis of mission and personnel drives the updated numbers of a recommended force structure, guides the development of force packages, informs the implementation of a human capital sourcing process, and supports the development and/or revision of policy and doctrine.
We work hand-in-hand with clients to deliver at optimal force planning models. In doing so, we provide clients with the analytical rigor to explain the resultant force structure to it stakeholders in order to ensure continued mission success.