Accession Number : ADA328806

Title :   DoD Organization for the 21st Century.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Maurmann, Steven F.

PDF Url : ADA328806

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : Continuous efforts have been made to eliminate the adverse effect of Service parochialism and improve overall efficiency since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947. During this time, minor organizational changes have been made but a much larger change is called for based on: (1) The blurting of Service distinctions based on new hi-tech weapons systems, (2) The continuing negative effects of parochialism, (3) The apparent insatiable bureaucratic growth in both size and complexity of the Department, and (4) The inefficiency of the current Department of Defense organization to efficiently address missions of the future. In addition to detailing the reasons change are necessary, this paper reviews restructuring efforts by several large organizations that have faced similar challenges--the Canadian and British armed forces and Sears, Roebuck and Company. Each of these organizations dramatically reduced or eliminated duplication, complexity and size, while refocusing on their primary mission. However, acceptance of the changes they initiated were greatly effected by the source of change and how well the reasons for change were articulated to employees.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *MISSIONS, *ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT, SOURCES, MILITARY HISTORY, ORGANIZATIONS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, PERSONNEL, ACCEPTABILITY, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE