Assessing the Effects of Organizational Changes within the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the Nuclear Mission
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WPAFB United States
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A series of organizational changes within the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD since the Cold Wars end arguably fostered a devolution of focus on the nuclear enterprise. This culminated with inexcusable incidents that questioned the credibility of the United States nuclear enterprise. Through a content analysis of reports, directives, and historical documents with interviews of Department of Defense DoD personnel, this research found that the organizational changes drove a dissolution of critical OSD offices that had played a critical role in nuclear policy and decision, which negatively affected the nuclear enterprise. Furthermore, efforts to reduce OSD staff personnel and assess OSD organizational performance, while positive in nature, may also have a negative effect on the nuclear enterprise if not executed with prudence.