Accession Number:

ADA158220

Title:

The Politics of Military Reform

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

100.0

Abstract:

The authors contend that in recent years the political power base of the military reform movement has grown significantly. In the future its influence on defense policy-making is likely to increase. The study analyzes the politics of military reform but does not judge specific reform proposals or tactics. The reform debates participants, motivations, interests, strategies and linkages are examined. The analysis is accomplished through the use of three case studies 1 the establishment of the Office of Operational Test and Evaluation with the Office of the Secretary of Defense 2 the current weapon system procurement and spare parts controversy and 3 efforts concerning Joint Chiefs of Staff reform and Department of Defense reorganization. Finally, having analyzed the dynamics of the military reform movement and the responses it has elicited, the authors propose a new strategy for Department of Defense decision- makers so they may effectively participate in the process.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE