military capability


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military capability

The ability to achieve a specified wartime objective (win a war or battle, destroy a target set). It includes four major components: force structure, modernization, readiness, and sustainability. a. force structure--Numbers, size, and composition of the units that comprise US defense forces; e.g., divisions, ships, air wings. b. modernization--Technical sophistication of forces, units, weapon systems, and equipments. c. unit readiness--The ability to provide capabilities required by the combatant commanders to execute their assigned missions. This is derived from the ability of each unit to deliver the outputs for which it was designed. d. sustainability--The ability to maintain the necessary level and duration of operational activity to achieve military objectives. Sustainability is a function of providing for and maintaining those levels of ready forces, materiel, and consumables necessary to support military effort. See also readiness.
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Noun1.military capability - capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a warmilitary capability - capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great strength"; "politicians have neglected our military posture"
sea power - naval strength
capability, capableness - the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally; "he worked to the limits of his capability"
firepower - (military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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However, it should not be used as a substitute for military capability.
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* The relationship between the determination of military capability needs, resource allocation, science and technology activities, and acquisition programs.