The Impact of Organizational Rivalry on the Defense Industrial Base: Discussion Summary
Final rept. Jan 2010-Apr 2011
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Organizational rivalry has been an important facet of the development of the American military establishment, but there are differing views on whether such rivalrous behavior has a positive or a negative effect on the achievement of the missions assigned to the Department of Defense. This paper reports on the results of a discussion, sponsored by IDA, on the impact of organizational rivalry on the defense industrial base, and in particular on the ability of that industrial base to develop innovative solutions to the Departments requirements. The discussion brought together academic researchers and senior IDA staffers who have significant experience in the development and execution of Department of Defense programs and policies. The participants concluded that organizational rivalry does contribute to the development of innovative solutions, but some believed that the Departments current processes act to suppress such rivalries, and thereby stifle the development of such solutions.
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