How We Support

The Total Force Manpower and Resources directorate provides policy and proactive oversight for the development of Total Force requirements to optimize a mix of active and reserve military, government civilians and contracted services in order to achieve Total Force manpower solutions that enable required operational and support capabilities while minimizing unnecessary costs and maximizing monies available for other compelling needs.

Total Force Manpower and Resources functions include:

  • Shaping statutes and developing policies, plans and programs for the Total Force (active and reserve military, government civilians and contracted services) and its allocation among Department of Defense components to ensure efficient and effective support of wartime and peacetime operations, contingency planning and preparedness
  • Facilitating manpower-mix determinations, including the identification of inherently governmental, closely associated and critical functions as well as military-essential requirements and commercial activities
  • Analyzing the Total Force structure as related to quantitative and qualitative military and civilian personnel requirements, utilization, readiness and support
  • Performing workforce-to-workload analysis and labor-sourcing assessments
  • Managing Department of Defense-wide function code taxonomy
  • Promoting statutory framework for management of workforce to mission/workload and budget without artificial constraints such as full-time equivalent or end strength
  • Advocating for the attainment of a Department of Defense workforce that is sufficiently sized and comprised of the appropriate mix of personnel necessary to carry out the mission of the department
  • Shaping workforce and manpower mix regulations
  • Supporting fully burdened cost estimation for Total Force elements
  • Representing the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at Defense Acquisition Boards
  • Overseeing development of life-cycle manpower requirements for major defense acquisition programs
  • Overseeing Department of Defense-wide human systems integration planning and implementation
  • Developing policies governing conversion of contracted services to government performance and supporting component in-sourcing planning and execution
  • Maintaining guidance and criteria with respect to military-to-civilian and civilian/contractor-to-military workload conversion
  • Supporting key elements related to the use of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 public-private competition procedures
  • Overseeing the inventory of contracted services, resulting in improved governance of and visibility into Department of Defense reliance on contracted services
  • Conducting Department of Defense-wide reporting of manpower requirements and authorizations