Accession Number : ADA503458
Title : Competitive Sourcing in the Marine Corps: Friend or Foe?
Descriptive Note : Research paper
Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
Personal Author(s) : Strohmaier, J R
Report Date : 07 Feb 2006
Pagination or Media Count : 14
Abstract : In recent years, there has been a trend in the Marine Corps toward contracting noncombat-oriented jobs to U.S. civilians and third-country nationals. This competitive sourcing, or outsourcing, of Marine Corps' billets is being implemented with the goal of decreasing the number of Marines required to perform support functions to increase the number of Marines available for warfighting. Theoretically, competitive sourcing allows the Marine Corps to meet support requirements more effectively, more efficiently, and at a monetary savings. Considering the Marine Corps' limited resources, it seems that implementing this manpower approach could make a positive impact on operational readiness. Unfortunately, competitive sourcing raises some negative issues as well, such as lack of flexibility, degraded unit cohesion, and potential security risks that threaten to undermine the Marine Corps' overall operational readiness.
Descriptors : *RISK , *OUTSOURCING , *MORALE , *PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT , *MARINE CORPS , *LOGISTICS SUPPORT , SECURITY PERSONNEL , FOOD SERVICE PERSONNEL , CONTRACTED SERVICES , MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL , BILLETS(PERSONNEL) , REPLACEMENT , MANPOWER , OPERATIONAL READINESS , CONTRACTS , CONTRACTORS
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE