A National Security Service Corps (NSSC): Is The Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP) A Viable Response?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In 1997, a National Defense Panel NDP report recommended a program to develop an interagency cadre of professionals in the national security arena. In 2001, the United States Commission on National Security in the 21st Century issued a report that expounded on the NDP recommendation and advocated a National Security Service Corps NSSC program to develop interagency professionals specialized in the national security structure. Simultaneously in 1997, the Department of Defense initiated the Defense Leadership and Management Program DLAMP, an intra-agency effort to develop defense civilian leaders. Using a strategic paradigm of ends-ways-means, the author highlighted similarities between the proposed NSSC format and the current DLAMP structure. This paper is neither a direct critique of DLAMP nor a simple recommendation that the NSSC program adopt a DLAMP format or merge into DLAMP. Rather recommendations are made to tailor the DLAMP and NSSC strategic paradigms into a single framework. Current research data are limited because the NSSC still remains an idea and DLAMP has been in existence for only four years. Data sources include various commission reports, results from a recent Navy DLAMP survey, and an author-initiated interview with the DoD DLAMP program office. Recommendations for continued study are also provided.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations