Accession Number:

ADA415964

Title:

Providing for the Common Defense? The Effects of Recent Arms Trade Reform on the Army Profession

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

Three administrative reforms within the Department of Defense--the Presidents Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense The Packard Commission of 1985, the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act 1986 and the Foreign Military Sales, Reinvention Initiatives 1996 to present-have had a detrimental effect on the U.S. Army as a profession. Reforms that focused on streamlining bureaucratic processes for DOD weapons acquisition and arms exports have inadvertently compromised affective-based attributes that define the Army as a profession. This study employs concepts from sociological analysis to define profession and the functions unique to a profession in modern society. In light of these definitional and functional attributes, the study concludes that reforms in arms acquisition and exporting are actually contributing to a trend toward de-professionalization in the US Army.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE