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Business Reform in the Department of Defense: An Agenda for the Next Administration : Center for a New American Security (CNAS) , November 30, , 2016

November 30, 2016

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

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From the document: “It is difficult to reform business practices at the Department of Defense (DOD). Senior officials who must lead reform efforts rightly focus their attention on warfighting missions and personnel issues, which sharply limits the time available to implement reforms. This is particularly true when the nation is at war. Incentives to pursue business reform are often missing. Savings from reform efforts frequently get harvested to pay for mission needs, leaving reformers with little except job satisfaction. Sometimes key constituent groups (for example, unions or key industries) discourage an administration from advancing reforms. Finally, Congress can be a major impediment. Business reforms typically save money by reducing workforce size, and such reductions often do not endear the reforms to members of Congress who do not want to risk losing votes in their states and districts.”

Authors - Hale, Robert F.


Hale, Robert F.


Center for a New American Security (CNAS)


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