Download

Download eBook for Free

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.6 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Summary Only

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback176 pages $28.00 $22.40 20% Web Discount

As the array of expertise required to be a successful leader in the U.S. Navy has become more complex, Navy leaders have become increasingly concerned that senior officers need additional kinds of expertise, beyond those traditionally developed in naval officers, to be successful in commanding, leading, and managing the Navy enterprise. This study explores whether there is a gap in officer development that manifests itself in the flag officer ranks. Through surveys and interviews, and working with the Navy's Office of the Executive Learning Officer (ELO), the authors examined the kinds of expertise required for successful performance in Navy flag billets. They then created a model to determine the kinds of experience that the pool of Rear Admiral officers must have to fill these requirements, and compared it to actual experience possessed by several years of Rear Admiral selectees. The authors did not find major gaps between the kinds of experience required for flag billets and those possessed by candidate officers, but they did identify several combinations of expertise that the Navy should work to develop in officers to better meet current requirements. Hanser et al. also examined the Navy's structure, force development, doctrine, and technology acquisitions to identify the types of expertise likely to become more important for Navy leadership in the future. The authors conclude with a variety of recommendations on how the Navy might better prepare officers for senior leadership roles.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Background

  • Chapter Three

    A Framework for Understanding Flag Officer Billet Requirements

  • Chapter Four

    A Closer Look at Expertise Requirements

  • Chapter Five

    Matching Domain Expertise to Billets in the Navy Flag Officer Force

  • Chapter Six

    RDML Selectees: Comparison with Model-Determined Requirements

  • Chapter Seven

    An Exploration of Future Requirements

  • Chapter Eight

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Flag Billet Titles

  • Appendix B

    Definitions of Domain Expertise

  • Appendix C

    Cross-Functional Expertise

  • Appendix D

    Survey Screenshots and Additional Definitions Used in the Survey

  • Appendix E

    Formulation of the Mathematical Program to Determine Average Flows of Inventory Through the Flag Officer Ranks

This research was sponsored by the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) andconducted within the Forces and Resources Center of the RAND NationalDefense Research Institute, a federally funded research and developmentcenter sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the JointStaff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Department of the Navy,the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense IntelligenceCommunity.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation monograph series. RAND monographs present major research findings that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors. All RAND monographs undergo rigorous peer review to ensure high standards for research quality and objectivity.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.