F100 Force Management: Managing Army Change
F107 Argumentative Essay Instructions
The argumentative essay is due at the end of lesson F107 and is worth 40% of the F100 block grade.
For this assignment, you continue your role from the F105 assignment as a division staff officer. Your F105 information paper updated the CG on the JLTV program. The F107 assignment has a different purpose and format than the F105 assignment, and requires you to provide clear, supported and convincing analysis to help the CG make a decision. If you updated the CG with current, relevant information and relative analysis in the F105, you have a good base of resources to begin the F107.
As a division staff officer, you are attending a subordinate BN’s brief for your principal. The BN is a MP BN requesting a change to the DIV’s JLTV fielding plan scheduled to occur in 3 months. You are tasked to attend the briefing and provide a recommendation back to the CG if the DIV should support or not support the MP BN’s request. View the video staff briefings for the MP battalions (Group 1 and Group 3). Either battalion brief (set of videos) is acceptable, but choose only one. These are provided / linked in the F100 information on Blackboard. Use only one set of videos as you prepare your staff recommendation for the CG. Your attendance of the BN brief is replicated through watching the video.
After applying unique, individual and critical analysis to the MP BN’s argument, articulate your recommendation as a division staff officer if the division’s JLTV initial fielding plan should be changed or not. This is a DIV level decision. The staff owes the division commander a complete analysis of the MP BN’s statements, assumptions, and conclusions in order to accurately weigh the staff’s recommendation and BN’s request with respect to the JLTV fielding plan prioritization. The currently planned JLTV fielding is approved and based off Army guidance and analysis. Apply information from the F100 lessons in terms of how the Army prioritizes limited resources through different processes (e.g. PPBE, TAA, JCIDS, DAS, FMSweb, etc.) as part of your argument for or against the BN’s request.
Your analysis should include some attention to the “bill-payer” strategy, potential impacts or pushback from other stakeholders, and the risks. Include at least two DOTMLPF-P domain considerations (doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy), and if a TOE or MTOE change is recommended.
Do not regurgitate the BN’s briefing. Do not give a JLTV development history lesson. You must write an argumentative essay, and hence argue the DIV senior staff point of view supported by specific examples and evidence to convince the CG. Your essay must have an introduction with a thesis statement (the DIV staff recommendation you are arguing) and clearly identified supporting key points (which will be fully developed in individual paragraphs), paragraphs with topic sentences and analysis/evidence to support the thesis, and a conclusion that summarizes the main points and reiterates the thesis.
Guidance for writing the essay:
Use a cover page (does not count towards essay length requirement). Complete the student self-assessment portion of the F107 Argumentative Essay 1009w writing evaluation form. Submit this form when you submit your essay to DDE for grading. If you do not complete the 1009w form, your grader will deduct 5 points from your final score.
This is an argumentative essay, not an opinion paper. You must provide authoritative supporting documentation or clear, supported logical analysis to substantiate your thesis.
*** FINAL CONSIDERATIONS ***
ALL work must be your own.
You may NOT discuss the F100 assignments with any other person except your DDE academic advisor or faculty member.
Always cite your sources.
If something is not your original thought, you need to cite your source using either footnotes or endnotes IAW the Turabian style of documentation; do not use parenthetical citations. This includes direct quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of the assigned readings, doctrinal references, or outside sources. You may use the F100 online lessons, readings, and references to help you prepare your assignment. Refer to ST 22-2 for guidance about citations and footnotes. Both proper citation and a bibliography are required.