This study examines various facets of activating the National Defense Reserve Force. Its history and background are reviewed and its present status of readiness considered. Specific areas covered are monetary costs, manpower capabilities (seagoing and ashore) as well as the physical condition and capabilities of the fleet. The sub-structure of the Reserve Fleet known as the Ready Reserve Force is covered in depth. In this area the inception of the ready force idea is presented along with its goals and accomplishments to date. Of unique interest is the joint funding of the Ready Reserve Force which is contributed to by both the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. Conclusions are drawn from its past performance, documented present status, and projected industrial capabilities.
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Naval Postgraduate School
M.S. in Management
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