Accession Number:

ADA503458

Title:

Competitive Sourcing in the Marine Corps: Friend or Foe?

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-07

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE