Competitive Sourcing in the Marine Corps: Friend or Foe?
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In recent years, there has been a trend in the Marine Corps toward contracting noncombat-oriented jobs to U.S. civilians and third-country nationals. This competitive sourcing, or outsourcing, of Marine Corps billets is being implemented with the goal of decreasing the number of Marines required to perform support functions to increase the number of Marines available for warfighting. Theoretically, competitive sourcing allows the Marine Corps to meet support requirements more effectively, more efficiently, and at a monetary savings. Considering the Marine Corps limited resources, it seems that implementing this manpower approach could make a positive impact on operational readiness. Unfortunately, competitive sourcing raises some negative issues as well, such as lack of flexibility, degraded unit cohesion, and potential security risks that threaten to undermine the Marine Corps overall operational readiness.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies