Accession Number : ADA118832

Title :   The Army's Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish Publications System: A Prescription for Change.

Descriptive Note : Study project,


Personal Author(s) : Milwee,Raymond F , Jr

PDF Url : ADA118832

Report Date : 07 Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : This study is about the impact on the Army that results from the process it uses in publishing regulatory publications. Using 1981 Distribution A + B activity measurements, the study provides insights on manpower burdens, systemic time lapses, direct and buried costs and alternatives for relief from adverse conditions produced by the process. It demonstrates that the cost of publishing small unit regulations is nearly $55,000,000 per year, 94% of which is shown to be unmanaged. The study indicates change for a savings approaching 91% of present cost. The study advocates immediate action to establish a publications policy that balances service between the needs of proponents, publishing agents, and consumer-units. It identifies the development of a contracted, electronic composition-assisted, integrated production system and the ultimate substitution of a throw-away publications and indirect costs. The study makes first published use of the Watson Cycle, an observed phenomenon involving informational disconnects that are catalyzed in large bureaucracies, notably the U.S. Army, by unservicable regulation publishing arrangements. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military publications, *Production control, *Cost effectiveness, *Army operations, Information processing, Army planning, Management, Production, Costs, Policies, Integrated systems, Regulations, Manuals, Handbooks, Resource management, Timeliness, Distribution, Consumers, Operational effectiveness

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Information Science
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE