Why Not Civilians as DOD Program Managers
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DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA
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This report discusses the present situation as it exists today in OSD and the three Services concerning the use of civilians as DOD Program Managers. Today in the Army and Navy all Project Managers PMs are Military while in the Air Force the PMs for Major Programs are Military however, some of the small programs utilize civilians as PMs. The roles and the requirements for a PM were identified and evaluated along with a review of the advantages and disadvantages of using a civilian as a DOD PM. Civilians could meet all the requirements except in the area of operational experience and the political aspect of not being accepted because he doesnt wear a green, blue or navy blue suit. Those deficiencies could be overcome by using a military deputy PM and the civilian PM, through empathy and understanding, could earn the respect of the using community.
- Administration and Management
- Government and Political Science
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations