Final Report of the Panel on the Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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In February 2006, the Department of Defense DoD published its Quadrennial Defense Review QDR. As part of the process of producing the QDR, the Department internally published a human capital strategy HCS that focused on developing the right mix of people and skills to help DoD and the military services carry out the missions necessary for the security of the United States. Although the HCS has been distributed, it would be inappropriate to view it as static. Almost from the time it was initially published and disseminated, the strategy has been shifting as DoD and the military services incorporate its spirit into their day-to-day development and management of human capital. Thus, the HCS is best seen as a living document. The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness asked the RAND Corporations National Defense Research Institute NDRI to provide an independent review of the HCS and to help refine its implementation. To carry out that review, NDRI convened a panel of experts in military personnel and organizational analysis. In addition to commentary on the original version of the strategy, the review and the material in this report constitute a blueprint for developing a DoD HCS suited to the 21st century. The authors believe that the insights in this report will be useful to DoD and the military services as they move forward in developing their human capital policies and systems.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations