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Report to the Secretary of Defense -- Review of DoD's Program Managers

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The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics USDATL is committed to improving the performance of the Departments acquisition program managers PMs. To assist this effort, he requested that the Defense Business Board DBB identify best business practices that could improve the intake and development of uniformed program managers. The USDATL tasked the Board to identify the structure, selection, leadership development, and assignment paths for military leadership in acquisition, technology, and logistics. The recommendations of the Task Group would focus on whether the Department could effectively employ techniques used by program managers in the private sector. Based on its findings, the Defense Business Board identified three themes and supporting recommendations to improve the effectiveness of military program managers. The first two themes offer a choice of either professionalize the uniform acquisition corps or put civilians in leadership program manager roles. The recommendations are as follows 1 Professionalize the Uniformed Acquisition Corps -- make it a career destination, not a tour 2 Put Civilians in Leadership Program Manager Roles -- and put uniformed officers in operationalfield roles and 3 Better Align the Requirements, Resources, and Acquisition Processes -- the goal is greater accountability to the users of program management. The Board recognizes the necessity of improving the intake and development of uniformed program managers. The Board expects that these recommendations will help improve the effectiveness of military program managers based on private sector best practices for major program and project management executives. The document includes 16 briefing charts.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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