Integrating Transformation Programs

by Paul K. Davis

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Describes an approach to transforming the U.S. armed forces that attempts to bridge the gap between high-level expressions of policy and the management of transformation through programs and other initiatives. Drawing on historical transformations in military affairs, the business world, and his previous work, the author develops a set of ten principles for transformation. He then recommends that the Department of Defense focus its planning efforts on outputs in the form of the ability to conduct key operations, and that functional capabilities be considered subordinate requirements necessary to accomplish those operations. He shows how such tools as mission-system analysis can help in this planning. Finally, he suggests that rethinking how the military goes about conducting research and development activities will be key to achieving longer-term transformation.

Originally published in: Transforming America's Military, Hans Binnendijk, ed., Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University Press, pp. 193-217.

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