Accession Number : ADA441583


Title :   The Real Transformation: Building and Maintaining Long-Term Competitive Advantage


Corporate Author : NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Cardon, Edward C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a441583.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 13


Abstract : The defense strategy calls for the transformation of the United States military and the defense establishment over time.1 Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has acknowledged the difficulty with transformation -- it means different things to different people and different organizations. The Quadrennial Defense Review defined transformation in terms of capabilities, but it has been difficult to define or describe transformational capabilities for a capabilities-based force. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently suggested that transformation is a process and a mindset - not a product - with intellectual, cultural, and technological elements.2 Recently, Secretary Rumsfeld recently defined transformation as a process that shapes the changing nature of military competition and cooperation through new combinations of concepts, capabilities, people and organizations that exploit our nation's advantages and protect against our asymmetric vulnerabilities to sustain our strategic position, which helps underpin peace and stability in the world.3 This begs the question Transform for what, or, transform to what? A complicating factor is the difficulty in transforming defense capabilities that are already globally recognized as dominant. There is no broadly accepted consensus on how to transform the United States military and defense establishment.


Descriptors :   *DEFENSE SYSTEMS , *TRANSFORMATIONS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , STRATEGIC ANALYSIS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , COMPETITION


Subject Categories : Defense Systems


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