Accession Number : ADA134313

Title :   Reappraising Defense Organization: An Analysis Based on the Defense Organization Study of 1977-1980,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Barrett,Archie D ; Jones,David C

PDF Url : ADA134313

Report Date : Jan 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 346

Abstract : Organizational problems have plagued our military establishment from the start. The development of the Army and the Navy was accompanied by the growth of semiautonomous, often intractable fiefdoms which continued to riddle those services right up to the start of World War II. The demands of the war provided the incentive to make major progress in integrating efforts within each service, but cross-service cooperation remained extremely difficult even under the pressures of a major conflict. The author provides a unique service in illuminating defense organization issues by adding the weight of organizational theory to the evidence accumulated over the past 35 years. His identification of the allocation of decisions as the highest level of administrative responsibility rings very true on a practical as well as a theoretical plane. This book should be studied by those interested in one of the most important issues facing our country today. Although the current threat to our security is great, there is little likelihood that we will have the time to regroup if we do not meet the threat effectively at the outset of any major conflict. We can no longer afford the degradation of our defense capabilities that comes with less than effective organization.

Descriptors :   *Department of Defense, *Organizations, *Operational effectiveness, Military operations, Joint military activities, Defense planning, Management planning and control, Planning programming budgeting, Efficiency, Decision making, Problem solving, United States Government, Command and control systems, Resource management

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE