Keeping the Edge : Managing Defense for the Future

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  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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Most national security debates concern the outcomes of policies, neglecting the means by which those policies are implemented. This book argues that although the US military is the finest fighting force in the world, the system that supports it is in disrepair. Operating with Cold War-era structures and practices, it is subject to managerial and organizational problems that increasingly threaten our military's effectiveness. Keeping the Edgegoes beyond questions of Pentagon reorganization and weapons procurement to explore how the US defense establishment can improve its readiness, logistics, and ability to attract and retain qualified personnel. It also looks at how the US military can exploit information technology more effectively, improve its intelligence, and counter asymmetric threats. More comprehensive than the usual exhortation to cut waste, fraud, and abuse at the Pentagon, the book in fact recommends changes in many government agencies, not just the Department of Defense. It shows how the US can improve its ability to implement its policies and to anticipate and adapt to a changing and uncertain world.

Table of Contents

Preface to the MIT Press Edition ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future
Ashton B. Carter
Keeping the Edge in Joint Operations
John M. Shalikashvili
Bruce Rember
Phil Ehr
Thomas Longstreth
Exploiting the Internet Revolution
Victor A. DeMarines
David Lehman
John Quilty
Keeping the Edge in Intelligence
Rober J. Hermann
Countering Asymmetric Threats
Ashton B. Carter
William J. Perry
David Aidekman
Keeping the Technological Edge
Ashton B. Carter
Marcel Lettre
Shane Smith
Advancing the Revolution in Business Affairs
Michael J. Lippitz
Sean O'Keefe
John P. White
John Brown
Ensuring Quality People in Defense
David S.C. Chu
John P. White
Nurith Berstein
John Brown
Managing the Pentagon's International Relations
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Christiana Briggs
Anja Miller
Strengthening the National Security Interagency Process
John Deutch
Arnold Kanter
Brent Scowcroft
Christopher Hornbarger
Implementing Change
Judith A. Miller
About the Core Group and the Authors 303(12)
Index 315(12)
About the Preventive Defense Project 327(3)
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 330

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