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Organizational Design for USSOCOM Rapid Acquisition

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Technical Report

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NDU/JFSC Joint Advanced Warfighting School NORFOLK United States

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USSOCOM Special Operations Forces SOF Acquisition, Technology and Logistics AT and L struggles to keep pace with technology innovation cycle times, leaving operators at a strategic disadvantage. It seeks to understand how it can adapt and upgrade at the speed of the commercial market. To achieve the seamless development, acquisition, and fielding of new technologies and accelerate measure-countermeasure adaptation, USSOCOM must develop a unique organizational culture that possesses the attributes of responsiveness, innovation, and problem solving. This thesis presents an open system organizational model to illuminate essential organizational functions. Next, it analyzes five major structure elements to allow alignment of functions and skills. Then, it evaluates innovative organizations structures to inform an effective SOF AT and L structure designed to grow its unique and innovative culture. Finally, it describes cultural behaviors, values, norms, and beliefs in innovative companies to reveal the mindset necessary for SOF AT and L to innovate, acquire rapidly, and convert strategic disadvantage into strategic advantage.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Administration and Management

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