An Optimization Approach to Workforce Planning for the Information Technology Field

An Optimization Approach to Workforce Planning for the Information Technology Field

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To balance the competing goals of reduced infrastructure and enhanced information technology (IT) skills, the Army must manage all its workforces in the IT field. Using Fort Bragg as a test case, this report shows how a linear programming framework helps gauge the impact of decisions that change the IT workforce. With a determination of who can do what in the IT field, the authors conclude that with linear programming the effects of policy changes can be quantified and better understood, various policies can be studied, and the approach can be extended beyond the installation level.